Tag - painting



A view of Matazo Kayama’s folding screen paintings reproduced on ceramic panels by Otsuka Ohmi Ceramics, displayed at Simose Art Museum.
May 11, 2024
Art and architecture come together at Simose Art Museum
Tradition and innovation converge at Shimose Art Museum. For it first anniversary, the venue is spotlighting trailblazer nihonga artist Matazo Kayama.
A portrait of the 13th Ryukyu King Sho Kei, which was returned to the Okinawa Prefectural Government from the United States
JAPAN / History / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Apr 22, 2024
Artifacts missing after Battle of Okinawa returned from U.S.
Items that include portraits of kings from the Ryukyu Kingdom have returned after going missing in 1945.
Masahide Miyasaka, a visiting professor at Nagasaki Junshin Catholic University, says he appreciates the ordinary world painted by Kawahara Keiga.
Mar 4, 2024
Renewed attention on Edo-era artist offers window into Japan's past
The ordinary world painted by Kawahara Keiga, in a Dutch-influenced style, serves to capture life in Japan around 200 years ago.
Eleven portraits of Ainu chieftains, completed in 1790, are now held by the Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology in Besancon, France. There were originally 12 paintings in the original set, collectively known as the “Ishu Retsuzo,” but one has disappeared.
JAPAN / History / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Feb 26, 2024
The ongoing mystery of the Ainu portraits in France
A former Hokkaido journalist is hoping to find out how portraits of Ainu chieftains from 1790 made it to Europe.
The painting "Images of a Woman" was made collaboratively by the Beatles during their legendary tour of Japan in 1966.
Feb 5, 2024
A painting by the Beatles from their Japan tour fetches $1.74 million
The painting was created by all four members while they spent time in their hotel between performances.
Aki Yashiro (second from right) calls for donations during a charity show held in Tokyo in May 2016 to support quake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture.
Jan 10, 2024
Popular enka singer Aki Yashiro dies at 73
Yashiro had suspended her musical activities after announcing in September that she would focus on treatment of a connective tissue illness.
Taro Okamoto's "Myth of Tomorrow," a mural installed on the wall of a walkway at Tokyo's Shibuya Station
Sep 25, 2023
Taro Okamoto's atomic bomb mural in Tokyo to be restored
The first phase of the restoration work, beginning from the right side of the piece, will commence on Oct. 10 and span approximately 40 days.
Japan Times
Jun 25, 2023
How (and why) to enjoy a 700-year-old painting of Buddhist suffering
A Kamakura Period depiction of Buddha’s death, on view at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, is surprisingly relatable even today.
Japan Times
Mar 31, 2023
China's 'art factory' painters turn from fakes to originals
Home to more than 8,000 artists, southern China's Dafen has been producing near-perfect copies of timeless masterpieces for years.
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2022
Being you: The everyday art of Arthur Huang
What started as doodles on an early morning train commute led molecular biologist Arthur Huang to discover his artistic side.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2021
Painting transformed by 9/11 attacks displayed at memorial museum
A Japanese artist's painting transformed by the Sept. 11 terror attacks in 2001 has been displayed at a memorial museum built at ground zero in New York.
Japan Times
Aug 11, 2020
Anti-Olympics artists put on show at Tokyo gallery near new stadium
Artists hope to show the myriad problems that still plague Tokyo's hosting of the athletic extravaganza.
Japan Times
Sep 12, 2019
'Ultraman Buddha' art in Thailand brings complaint to police from hard-line group
Thai Buddhist hard-liners have filed a police complaint against a young female artist over paintings that depict Buddha as the 1960s Japanese superhero Ultraman.
Japan Times
Jun 11, 2019
The Osakan artists who bucked the system
Osakan paintings have conventionally emphasized regional traits of humor, boisterousness and fun. 'Do You Know Osaka Painting Circles' at the Shokado Garden Art Museum, however, reminds viewers of its farther flung painting traditions.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2019
Ai-Da, the humanoid robot artist, gears up for first solo exhibition in Oxford
Wearing a white blouse and her dark hair hanging loose, Ai-Da looks like any artist at work as she studies her subject and puts pencil to paper. But the beeping from her bionic arm gives her away — Ai-Da is a robot.
Japan Times
Apr 5, 2019
Avant-garde artist creates bridges between life and death
With a strong belief that her role is to connect the invisible with the visible world through art, contemporary artist Miwa Komatsu continues to depict otherworldly creatures. People can’t help but be intrigued by the powerful and colorful images of seemingly frightening, yet strangely charming, creatures...
Japan Times
CULTURE / Art / Heisei Icons,Heisei Icons
Mar 13, 2019
Takashi Murakami: The face of Japanese contemporary art abroad, underappreciated at home
In Tokyo alone, Murakami's commercial work can be seen in the official mascots for the Roppongi Hills complex and Tokyo MX TV station.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 10, 2019
Gem traces in teeth hailed as proof that women were involved in creating medieval texts
The discovery of traces of semiprecious gems in the teeth of a 1,000-year-old female skeleton proved women were more widely involved in creating medieval manuscripts than previously thought, a group of international historians said on Wednesday.
Japan Times
BASEBALL / Japanese Baseball / Sac Bunts
May 28, 2018
British artist Andy Brown captures essence of baseball through paintings
Some baseball fans carry a glove to a game hoping to catch a ball. Andy Brown is a little bit different.
Japan Times
May 27, 2018
Famous Russian painting damaged in vodka-fuelled attack
One of Russia's most famous paintings, which depicts Czar Ivan the Terrible cradling his dying son, has been badly damaged after a man attacked it with a metal pole after drinking vodka.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan