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A Requiem in Salt: Japanese Artist Yamamoto Motoi

Working with salt, Japanese artist Yamamoto Motoi creates stunning labyrinth installations. After taking a year off to mourn his wife, the artist recently returned to his native Onomichi in Hiroshima Prefecture for a new exhibit.
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Zen, Tea, and Digital Flowers: A Transient Art Experience

An art installation at a Paris trade fair combined the latest digital technology with naturally produced tea. The two Japanese groups involved in the collaboration offered visitors a brief but unforgettable Zen-inspired experience.
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Shifted Gravity: A New Exhibition in Tokyo (Japan in Photos)

An interactive trick-art exhibit at Mori Art Museum in Roppongi, Tokyo, on November 16, 2017. It is part of Leandro Erlich: Seeing and Believing, a solo exhibition of the Argentinian artist’s work beginning on November 18. Visitors can enter the artwork Building, shifting their viewpoint and experiencing a tilted world. The exhibition runs until April 1, 2018. (© Jiji)
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Taikan Painting Found, to Be Exhibited after 100 Years (News)

Tokyo, Oct. 13 (Jiji Press)—A Buddhist painting by renowned Japanese artist Yokoyama Taikan (1868–1958) has been found after being missing for some 100 years, and will be shown in public next year, according to MOMAT, the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo. The painting, Byakue Kannon (Kannon in White), is a portrait of the Bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteśvara). It will be put on show at the …
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The “Yōkai” Art of the Master

Toriyama Sekien was an influential Edo-period artist who taught some of the giants of the ukiyo-e world. Today he is best known for his collections of yōkai illustrations, which he released in four books in 1776–84 as a form of mass-produced popular literature. We spoke with the translators who have made his work available to Spanish and English readers about the artist and the impact he continues to have to this day.
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Ocean Child: Reappraising Ono Yōko’s AchievementsKusumi Kiyoshi

For many years, Ono Yōko’s putative role in the breakup of the Beatles overshadowed her own achievements as an artist and activist. Now all that is changing. Art critic Kusumi Kiyoshi adds his own insights to the ongoing reappraisal of this much-misunderstood Japanese legend.
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A Retro Manga Master’s Italian Renaissance

Italian fans have discovered the allure of the late manga artist Kamimura Kazuo, whose erotic yet poetic depiction of women elicited comparisons with ukiyo-e and whose ruthless heroines have inspired the likes of Quentin Tarantino. We talked to the translator and scholar Paolo La Marca about his love affair with Kamimura’s work.
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Japan’s Movie Theater Sign Painter: Star Power in Acrylic

When local movie theaters were important entertainment centers, sign painters played a key role in drawing spectators to the latest big film. Ōshita Takeo, who made a living for decades as a sign painter, keeps his movie passion alive by producing portraits of Japanese and international stars.
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Ties of Tradition: Ceramic Artist Katō Takuo’s Campaign to Restore Persian Lusterware to Iran

The small town of Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture, a center of Minō pottery, has become a focal point in the renaissance of the ceramic tradition of Persian lusterware three centuries after it fell into disuse. The ceramic artist Katō Takuo spent nearly two decades reviving the technique; today Kōbei, his son, is working closely with Iran to fulfill his father’s wish of restoring lusterware to the region it flourished so many years ago.
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Japan’s Animation Industry Failing to Cultivate Next Generation of Talent

With blockbusters like Shinkai Makoto’s Kimi no na wa (Your Name) making waves around the world, the Japanese animation industry would appear to be bursting with vitality. Yet behind the scenes at the nation’s animation production houses, the working conditions are little short of wretched, and the long-term future of made-in-Japan anime is anything but assured.
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