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Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Sep 26, 2020
Painting with an airbrush: Meet contemporary ukiyo-e artist Masumi Ishikawa
Woodblock prints collaborations portraying major musicians and films have spurred new interest in ukiyo-e.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Sep 19, 2020
Ukiyo-e: Japan’s original pop art
Edo Period ukiyo-e were like today's popular media — celebrity photos, travel pics, snapshots of daily life — all reflecting the spirit of the times.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Sep 12, 2020
Beloved blades: Banshu Hamono scissorsmiths
Artisans of top-quality scissors and Japanese razors are declining. Alarmed, about 30 workshops have teamed up to promote the Banshu Hamono brand.
Japan Times
LIFE / Style & Design / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Sep 5, 2020
Cardboard Creations: Arty, eco-friendly Kami-waraji cardboard sandals
Innovative Kami-waraji sandals utilize corrugated cardboard in a twist on a venerable Japanese standby.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Aug 29, 2020
Hakkō: Brewing sake the additive-free way
Hayato Shoji, who runs Kidoizumi Brewery, continues his grandfather's dedication to making additive-free sake.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Aug 22, 2020
Hakkō: Cradled in a storehouse, nesashi miso sleeps as it matures
In the miso-making business since 1849, Miura Fermented Foods has long been known for its nesashi miso, which has a strong, unique flavor.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Aug 15, 2020
Hakkō: A fermentation meister who chats with microbes
Tokuyama-zushi's chef, Hiroaki Tokuyama, sees it as his mission to alter preconceptions about fermented foods by serving them in novel ways.
Japan Times
LIFE / Food & Drink / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Aug 8, 2020
Hakkō: Soy sauce, a magical elixir of soybeans, wheat, salt — and mold
For over 330 years, Shibanuma Soy Sauce has been making the seasoning from its home in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Aug 1, 2020
Jewels on the table: Mamezara in the home
With the passage of time, mamezara can take on a distinctive aura or energy that attaches itself to items that have passed through human hands.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Jul 26, 2020
Jewels on the table: Tiny plates with huge appeal
The motifs on mamezara (petite plates) run the gamut of worldly phenomena. But the most prominent among them are kisshu014d (auspicious) images.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Jul 18, 2020
Jewels on the table: The allure of mamezara
Mamezara plates demonstrate immense technical precision and a playful spirit not evident in larger dishware, and open a door to a world of beauty.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Jul 11, 2020
Summer in the Aurelian Garden: Satoyama summer journal
Photographer Matsuhiko Imamori shares glimpses of the summer life he encounters in his garden, and the events and bountiful nature he witnesses there.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Jul 4, 2020
Summer in the Aurelian Garden: Creating a butterfly haven
When a Japanese emperor butterfly laid its eggs on one of Mitsuhiko Imamori's carefully nurtured trees, he realized he'd achieved a mature ecosystem.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Jun 27, 2020
Budo: The versatility of the kamayari spear
Hozoin-ryu was adopted by most feudal clans in the Edo Period (1603-1868), and became the most widely adopted martial-arts school across Japan.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Jun 20, 2020
Budo: Beginning and ending with unremitting self-discipline
Ogasawara-ryu was taught to warriors across Japan as appropriate behavior for those of samurai breeding, and became the foundation for martial arts etiquette.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Jun 13, 2020
Budo: The exhilarating techniques of the Tendo-ryu naginata
Women from samurai families considered the naginata to be the perfect weapon for defending their homesteads when their men were away at war.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
Jun 6, 2020
Budo: The art, culture and philosophy of the samurai
Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, one of the leading schools of swordsmanship in Japan for over 450 years, was a complete departure from previous methods of attack.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
May 30, 2020
Elegant glassware: On the cutting edge of glass research
Masao Adachi pivoted from his career as an architect into the world of glass, developing a technique he calls his silk-thread pattern.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
May 23, 2020
Elegant glassware: A historic fusion of kirikane and glass
Akane Yamamoto has finally achieved what no other glass artist could do: fusing patterns made with gold leaf between two pieces of curved glass.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / Kateigaho International Japan Edition
May 16, 2020
Elegant glassware: The next generation of artists
Japan's glass craft scene is on a roll today, with artists melding Eastern and Western aesthetics to pioneer innovative techniques and take the artform in new directions.

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Historically, kabuki was considered the entertainment of the merchant and peasant classes, a far cry from how it is regarded today.
For Japan's oldest kabuki theater, the show must go on