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ARTS&CULTURE September 20, 2017

The Timeless Art of Japanese Woodblock Prints

Even those unfamiliar with various styles of woodblock printing from around the world, let alone Japan, are likely to be familiar with what is perhaps the most famous woodblock print in the world: Kanagawa-oki nami ura (The Great Wave Off Kanagawa), by ukiyo-e artist Hokusai. Created sometime between 1829-33, the print depicts what is thought […]

ARTS&CULTURE August 17, 2017

How Art Transformed This Island Into A Unique Must-Visit

Photo by cotaro70s There are a number of open-air art museums in the world, places where large works stand amid the elements, often situated harmoniously in the environment so that each is elevated by the other. And then there is Japan’s Naoshima Island. One of the roughly 3,000 islands located in the Seto Inland Sea […]

ARTS&CULTURE June 28, 2017

9 Museums You Must Visit Outside Tokyo

Japan is home to a large array of museums catering to nearly every possible taste, from enormous Tokyo collections of art and ancient artifacts to specialty museums all over the country honoring everything from bonsai to beer, natural disasters to instant ramen, kites to socks…there’s even a museum dedicated to artwork created out of sand. […]

ARTS&CULTURE June 27, 2017

9 Museums You Must See in Tokyo

Tokyo is the largest metropolitan area in the world, but it is more than that: It is a city so important to culture, commerce and history, that its name comes up as one of the crucial four international cities: London, Paris, New York, Tokyo. So it should come as no surprise that Tokyo boasts some […]

ARTS&CULTURE May 30, 2017

5 Internationally-known Contemporary Japanese Artists

Unsurprisingly, for a country with as deep and ancient arts as Japan, the country’s fine art scene is one of the world’s most important. Art is as basic a form of expression to the Japanese as any activity, and artists are honored for their contributions to the country’s cultural life. Contemporary Japanese artists are on […]

ARTS&CULTURE April 12, 2017

Origami and Kirigami

The traditional Japanese arts are, generally speaking, all about making things with natural materials and as little “processing” as possible. The idea is that human creations should appear to be as natural as possible. Thus, the ideal ikebana flower arrangement should appear not to be arranged at all, but rather, to have just fallen into […]

ART&DESIGN October 26, 2016

The Art of Bonsai: Creating Little Green Worlds

Bonsai, which literally means “plantings in a tray,” doesn’t sound impressive – until you see a small, 30 centimeter tree in a small ceramic dish. Then as you admire it, you find out that this tiny tree – which looks like a 100-year-old tree, standing stately – actually is a 100-year-old tree. In addition to […]