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'Tomotaka Yasui: Silence'

Sep 18, 2014

'Tomotaka Yasui: Silence'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Tomotaka Yasui is the fifth artist to be featured in The Hakone Open-Air Museum’s series of exhibitions showcasing young contemporary sculptors. His signature works are statues of ordinary-looking bob-haired girls in colorful dresses, not a likely subject when considering contemporary sculpture. However, these girls’ ...

'Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji'

Sep 4, 2014

'Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), one of the most renowned ukiyo-e artists of the late Edo Period (1603-1868), is still, even 165 years after his death, growing in popularity worldwide. Following in the footsteps of his master, Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1792), Hokusai not only perfected his skills ...

'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'

Aug 28, 2014

'Tomoo Gokita: The Great Circus'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Though already established in Japan as an artist with exceptional drawing skills, Tomoo Gokita gained a strong cult following after the 2000 publication of “Lingerie Wrestling,” a book of charcoal and ink drawings. He is also known for CD cover designs, such as his ...

'Bologna Illustrators Exhibition'

Aug 21, 2014

'Bologna Illustrators Exhibition'

Since 1978, the Otani Museum has held annual exhibitions of prize-winning books from the Bologna Book Fair’s illustration competition. This year there were 75 competition winners from 23 different countries, including 15 artists from Japan. This exhibition showcases winning books and features as its ...

'Made in Japan 50's-60's'

Jul 31, 2014

'Made in Japan 50's-60's'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Fifty years have passed since the first Tokyo Olympics, and with the city’s winning bid for 2020, now is a good time to reflect on the cultural progression that helped Japan win the honor to host in 1964. Post-World War II Japan of the ...