Van Gogh's long-distance love affair

Jan 30, 2018

Van Gogh's long-distance love affair

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"Van Gogh & Japan" concerns a love affair of creative misperceptions between temporally and geographically distant admirers. Van Gogh (1853-1890) never went to Japan, though he idealized it briefly as a utopia in which artists worked communally in converse with nature. Attempting to establish what ...

Japan's toilet 'Westernization' movement gains momentum

Jan 28, 2018

Japan's toilet 'Westernization' movement gains momentum

Japan has been working to convert its traditional squat toilets to Western-style commodes to accommodate the growing influx of foreign tourists. With many foreign visitors puzzled over how to use squat toilets and even shunning them as "unsanitary," the government has been promoting toilet modernization ...

Bringing traditional sweets back to the Kyoto masses

Jan 13, 2018

Bringing traditional sweets back to the Kyoto masses

The heir of a store specializing in a confectionery style with more than 300 years of tradition in Japan's ancient capital is hoping her youthful reimagining of yatsuhashi sweets will help attract a new generation of Kyoto locals and carry on its legend. Kanako Suzuka, ...

Kyoto shifts focus to wealthy tourists with yen for cultural immersion

Jan 13, 2018

Kyoto shifts focus to wealthy tourists with yen for cultural immersion

The city of Kyoto, visited by over 50 million tourists each year, is making a greater effort to attract wealthy foreign travelers by offering cultural workshops to satisfy their appetite for deeper engagement with their destinations. With visitors already at record-high levels, the ancient capital ...

This no garden variety book on Zen practice

/ Dec 30, 2017

This no garden variety book on Zen practice

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The over-application of the term Zen to describe everything from interior design to restaurant menus pored over by celebrities and fashionistas to the expression a "Zen moment" can be tiresome. Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto, by John Dougill, Photography by John Einarsen.144 pages TUTTLE PUBLISHING, ...