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 ...

Testing the culinary limits of Arita Pottery

Food & Drink Oct 30, 2015

Testing the culinary limits of Arita Pottery

by Melinda Joe

For a few weeks in August and September, Yoshiyasu Harada hardly slept a wink. The young master potter of Kichiemon Porcelain Co. Ltd., in Saga Prefecture, had been immersed in making dozens of intricate ceramic plates. In Harada's studio shards of broken pottery cover a ...

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

Art Jul 14, 2015

Kitaoji Rosanjin only served the very best

by Robert Yellin

Only a culinary visionary would declare in 1935: "If clothes make the person, dishes make the food." He went on to explain, "Appropriate care must go into their selection, not only in terms of quality, but also to see that the size, depth, color and ...