Masatoshi Naito: 'The other face' of Japan

Art Jun 24, 2018

Masatoshi Naito: 'The other face' of Japan

by Martin Laflamme

When Masatoshi Naito first began researching Tohoku folklore, he expected to find places "haunted with a macabre atmosphere." Instead, he stumbled into a vivacious traditional society "filled with elderly women who throw boisterous bashes all night long."

Koga: A pithy affair with the avant-garde

Art Mar 20, 2018

Koga: A pithy affair with the avant-garde

by John L. Tran

There are two good reasons to see the exhibition on the short-lived photography magazine Koga, now on at the Tokyo Photographic Art (TOP) Museum. One is that it is full of powerful images that will linger in the memory despite their relative simplicity. The ...

Then and now: time ripples in photography

Art Mar 28, 2017

Then and now: time ripples in photography

by John L. Tran

There are two photography exhibitions currently showing at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum that are thematically and chronologically unrelated, but together make a strong testimony of the extent to which Japan embraced photography from its earliest beginnings, and how the medium is a strong ...

Marty Gross and 'The Lovers' Exile'

Film | Wide Angle Mar 22, 2017

Marty Gross and 'The Lovers' Exile'

by Mark Schilling

At various times and places in his four-decade career, Canadian native Marty Gross has been a potter, art teacher, film director and a producer, with most of his personal and professional roads leading back to Japan. On March 24, Gross will present an English-subtitled screening ...

Tokyo: photogenic to its very core

Art Dec 13, 2016

Tokyo: photogenic to its very core

by John L. Tran

Care to take a guess what the new exhibition "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo" at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum is about? In fact there are two exhibitions with the same name running concurrently, so it's "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo" and "Tokyo, Tokyo and Tokyo." It ...