What makes a National Treasure?

Art Oct 31, 2017

What makes a National Treasure?

by Matthew Larking

Together, Japan's National Treasures provide a cacophonous ode to the nation and its heritage for its historical, cultural, geographical and stylistic dissonances. Yet, this is the first time in 41 years that 210 such works (or sets) have been displayed en masse. On their own, ...

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

National / Politics Jul 30, 2015

Kyoto bids to host Cultural Affairs Agency

by Eric Johnston

The city of Kyoto is stepping up efforts to become the new home of the Cultural Affairs Agency, which works to protect Japan's officially designated cultural treasures. Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa, Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada and corporate executives in the Kansai region met Wednesday to coordinate ...

Treasures worth standing in line for

Art Nov 20, 2014

Treasures worth standing in line for

by C.B. Liddell

There is a fundamental problem with the Tokyo National Museum (TNM), which I come up against time and time again. In a nutshell, the venue is too big for its exhibits and too small for its audience. This is underlined yet again by the ...

There are gods behind the Idemitsu Museum of Arts

Art Sep 11, 2014

There are gods behind the Idemitsu Museum of Arts

by Rei Sasaguchi

In 1942, Idemitsu, a native of the Munakata area of Fukuoka Prefecture, led the Munakata Shrine Fukko Kiseikai (Restoration Committee) and was instrumental in restoring the grand shrine's buildings, which were by that point in a derelict state.