June.14

Zenzo Fukushima: Keeper of Koishiwara Ware

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June.03

Zenzo Fukushima: Keeper of Koishiwara Ware

June.03 Alice Gordenker

Two years ago, at the age of 58, potter Zenzo Fukushima was tapped to become what is commonly known as a “Living National Treasure.” The title, one of Japan’s highest honors, is often misunderstood to be recognition of an individual’s superior accomplishment. In fact, it is a directive from the nation to preserve something that…

May.31

Swirling Energy: The Sculptural Metaphors of Fujikasa Satoko

May.31

The solo exhibition of celebrated artist, Fujikasa Satoko will be held at Joan B Mirviss LTD. May 1 – June 21, 2019 Joan B Mirviss LTD 39 E 78 Street, New York, NY 10075 Among sophisticated collectors and informed curators, the single most sought-after Japanese clay artist is the extraordinarily gifted Fujikasa Satoko. Both visually…

May.21

Kyotographie

May.21 Susan Pavioska / Kyoto Journal

KYOTOGRAPHIE has been successful partly because photographic images have the ability to transcend linguistic differences through ishin denshin: wordless communication, heartstrings vibrating in harmony.“Vibe,” which situates ishin denshin within a specific locale, is a fitting theme for the photography festival, now in its seventh year. Of the eleven main venues, “The Forms of Nature: 100…

May.14

A Taste of Culture SORA MAMÉ

May.14 Elizabeth Andoh

SORA MAMÉ Fava Beans Fava beans have been part of the eastern Mediterranean diet (Egypt, Greece, Italy) for at least 4000 years. There are stories of monks from India traveling through China bringing favas to Japan in the Nara Period (710-794 AD). However, the first written evidence they were consumed in Japan is mention in…

May.10

The Vegetable Art of Noriko Nakane

May.10 Noriko Nakane

   

May.08

Pico Iyer Reflects on a Quarter-Century of Life in Japan

May.08 Phillip Lopate / New York Times

From Steve Beimel: I interviewed Pico Iyer in 1993 about his book, The Lady and the Monk, for first issue my former publication, The Kyoto Diary. He had been living for a short while in Japan at that time, and we discussed many aspects of his book and Japan in general. Now, 26 years later,…

Apr.30

The Life of Japanese Women in Ukiyo-e (The Shoto Museum of Art)

Apr.30 Alice Gordenker

No matter how much a woman enjoys lovemaking, it has to be fit in around the more mundane activities of life, whether that be cooking, child rearing or work. It therefore seems appropriate that a new exhibition examining the lives of Japanese women as pictured in ukiyo-e paintings and prints, originally envisioned as a show…

Apr.23

A photographer’s journey through the rich texture of Japan’s vibrant megacity

Apr.23 David Guttenfelder / National Geographic

For National Geographic magazine’s Cities Issue, I walked across Tokyo, the world’s most populous city. The distance, from boundary to boundary, is about 60 miles. But photographers, like me, never walk in a straight line. Searching for pictures, we zigzag and we back-track. We wander in circles. We get lost. So, by the end of…

Apr.20

The foodie’s foodie, Mora Chartrand-Grant, shares about her donabe.

Apr.20

The foodie’s foodie, Mora Chartrand-Grant, shares about her donabe. Steve Beimel: Mora—So you finally bought a donabe??? Mora Chartrand-Grant: Yes, and I’m really proud of it. I always come back from Japan with yet another piece of rustic Japanese pottery to add to our home collection, which I regularly use in the kitchen…the crustier and…

Apr.18

Japanese Manhole Cover Rubbings

Apr.18

One of the great delights of Japan travelis to literally stumble uponan ingenious work of art under your feet. Many towns in Japanhave designedtheir own distinctive manhole covers.These capture the town’s identityin bold graphic form. Over years I have made rubbings of these manhole covers. When you are down on your kneeson the street or…