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Resonant Landscapes: Exhibition in Kyoto and Tokyo for Artist Higashiyama Kaii

A new exhibition is underway marking 110 years since the birth of painter Higashiyama Kaii (1908–99). Kyoto’s first retrospective of the Japanese artist for three decades will be held until October 8, 2018. The exhibition will then move to Tokyo from October 24 to December 3. It features some 80 works by Higashiyama, renowned for his depictions of Japanese landscapes, including his classic pain…

Beyond East and West: Okakura Kakuzō and “The Book of Tea”  Shimizu Emiko

Okakura Kakuzō played a vital role in the development of modern Japanese art during the Meiji era as Japan catapulted itself into a new age of Westernization and modernizing reforms. Besides his work as curator of the department of Chinese and Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Okakura was also a thinker of rare range and sympathies, who worked to bring about harmony and understanding between the philosophical and spiritual cultures of East and West.

Maruwaka Hirotoshi: Seeking a Future for Green Tea and Japanese Culture

As a restorer of Japanese culture who breathes fresh life into traditional Japanese crafts with new, modern values, Maruwaka Hirotoshi has redefined tradition as something other than that which is simply handed down. Now he is turning his attention to bringing Japanese tea to the attention of the wider world.

Ozawa Seiji: The Self-Made MaestroShibata Katsuhiko

One of the most renowned orchestra conductors of our era, Ozawa Seiji was not born into a musical elite. His successes are entirely due to hard work, dynamism, and personal appeal, qualities that have allowed him to reach the pinnacle of the classical music world.

Sculpting the Subject’s Innate Qualities

Okumura Nobuyuki is the first Japanese artist to produce a bronze bust of a pope for display at the Vatican. He has dedicated statues of three popes to the Vatican to date. We met with him in his studio near Rome to ask him about the development of his art that has brought him to where he is today.

Manabe Daito: Pushing the Boundaries Between Art and Technology

We sat down with Rhizomatiks chief Manabe Daito to talk about his work with drones and augmented reality and how he is using them to push the boundaries of artistic expression forward.

Siberian Colors: Japanese Artist Kazuki Yasuo’s Legacy of HopeYorozuya Kenji

In the wake of Japan’s defeat in World War II, artist Kazuki Yasuo spent nearly two years as a prisoner in Soviet labor camps in Siberia. After returning home, he spent the remaining decades of his life depicting the horrors of war and internment. His 57-piece Siberia Series, a haunting collection of Western-style oil paintings, remains a powerful record of conflict and the human spirit.

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.

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.

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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