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Mikimoto Kōkichi: The Pearl King and His MuseumJulian Ryall

The humble Akoya oyster, grown in the bays of Mie Prefecture, produces the most prized gems of the sea: pearls. A century after Mikimoto Kōkichi perfected his method to grow spherical pearls, the prefecture is home to a museum celebrating his work and the beauty it has made possible.

A Peek into the Pearl Culture of Mie PrefectureJulian Ryall

It takes human talent, a gift from nature, and more than four years to produce the perfect pearl. We visited a community famed for these lustrous treasures to learn more about their production and the prospects for their future.

Rock Found 52 Years Ago in Japan Confirmed as Dinosaur Egg Fossil (News)

Fukui, June 5 (Jiji Press)—A rock collected in 1965 by a then high school student in the city of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, in western Japan, has been confirmed to be a dinosaur egg fossil, the city and the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum said Monday. Previously, fossils of eight types of dinosaur eggs have been discovered in Japan, in the prefectures of Fukui, Gifu and Hyōgo. The …

Renovated Museum Shows How Hiroshima Was Leveled by A-Bomb (News)

Hiroshima, April 25 (Jiji Press)—The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum has added a panoramic display of computer-generated images of the western Japan city soon before and after it was struck by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945. The museum's renovated East Building, with changed exhibits, was shown to journalists on Tuesday, a day before it opens to the public. "White Panorama," 5 meters in di…

From Tomb to Museum: Transferring and Reconstructing the Kitora Burial Mound MuralsHayakawa Noriko

A new museum displays murals from an ancient burial mound in Nara Prefecture that were painted some 1,300 years ago. Safely removing the murals from the tomb and reconstructing them was a complicated process that took 12 years.

Cai Guo-Qiang Makes a “Homecoming” to JapanDemura Kōichi (Text)/Izumiya Gensaku (Photographs)

Weaving motifs from Chinese culture, history, and thought, Cai Guo-Qiang began creating gunpowder drawings while living in Japan. What does the country mean for this world-leading contemporary artist?

Telling the Story of FukushimaWinifred Bird

Five years after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami touched off a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the disaster is no longer just a current event—it is also a part of Japan’s history. But how should that history be told? Government and civil society groups have different answers, and they are starting to emerge in a battle of museums.

China’s Terracotta Army Comes to Japan

Japanese are getting a first-hand look at figurines and other artifacts from the mausoleum of China’s first emperor at the Tokyo National Museum. The exhibition, which comprises original figures and replicas, opened on October 27 as the Great Terracotta Army of China’s First Emperor. It continues at the TNM until February 21, 2016, and will subsequently shift to the Kyūshū National Museum from March 15 to June 12 and to National Museum of Art, Osaka, from July 5 to October 2.

Ōmura Satoshi’s Art Museum: A Nobel Winner’s GenerosityNippon.com Staff

Ōmura Satoshi, emeritus professor at Kitasato University, has cemented his reputation as a world-class researcher by becoming a joint winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is also known as a lover of fine art, though. In 2007 he donated a considerable collection of artworks, along with a new museum to house them, to the city of Nirasaki, Yamanashi Prefecture, where he …

Traditional Crafts in the Modern Day

The city of Sumida in Tokyo has a history of craftsmanship and light industry dating back to the seventeenth century. That influence remains strong even today. We look at a selection of the area’s shops, all of which have an original take on traditional techniques and crafts.

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