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Jomon art: Japan's prehistoric charm

Art Jul 24, 2018

Jomon art: Japan's prehistoric charm

by Jeff Michael Hammond

Fertile periods of artistic endeavor are not hard to come by in Japanese history. Many would cite the Edo, Muromachi or Heian periods. The Tokyo National Museum, however, reminds visitors of one era often forgotten — the ancient Jomon Period.

Crafts and coral of an embattled coast

Travel Feb 11, 2017

Crafts and coral of an embattled coast

by Stephen Mansfield

A little north of the massive Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, a slew of scattered residential settlements and visitor sites are pincered between the Torii Station Army Base and an ammunition storage facility situated in Yomitan, a region of the southern mainland, where a ...

Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

Art Dec 20, 2016

Raku: A traditional contemporary art form

by Sachiko Tamashige

At the opening of "The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl: Transmitting a Secret Art Across Generations of the Raku Family" at The National Museum of Modern Art, in Kyoto, the current head of the Raku family, Kichizaemon XV (b. 1949), explained that the event ...

Analyzing Pottery: Glazes

Art / Openings Outside Tokyo Dec 6, 2016

Analyzing Pottery: Glazes

by Yuki Yamuchi

Dec. 10-Feb. 12 Pottery is a complicated process involving mixing and fine-tuning clay, creating and refining vessels or sculptures, and then developing and applying glazes before firing. Though glazing is one of the final steps of pottery that is often used to decorative effect, it ...

Kanjiro Kawai sculpted a new vision of pottery

Art Oct 4, 2016

Kanjiro Kawai sculpted a new vision of pottery

by Robert Yellin

Japan's history of ceramics stretches back for millenniums, with most spinners of clay remaining nameless. One star, however, did shape a new world of pottery: Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966). Kawai left us 50 years ago this autumn. Thankfully, though, he bestowed upon us some of the ...