Category: Living Arts


Mar.24

Dressing the World in Innovative Textiles – Reiko Sudo

Mar.24 by Steve Beimel

NHK World Video  

Mar.19

Five Generations and Strong

Mar.19 by Alice Gordenker

Text and Photos by Alice Gordenker Masao Nagata of Nagata Indigo Dyeing Works (長田染工場) in Izumo, Shimane demonstrates their hands-on dyeing process done just as in the olden days before mechanization. First, he moistens the cloth before lowering it into a high-alkaline dye bath of fermented indigo and lye. Indigo appears green when lifted from…

Mar.14

Glass Tea House Mondrian

Mar.14 by Gail Rieke

During an artist’s residency that I had in Venice in 2015, I went to see Sugimoto’s Glass Tea House Mondrian and took these photos. This temporary pavilion project at Le Stanze del Vetro, San Giorgio Maggiore… was one of the off site installations that were part of that year’s Venice Bienale. It was intriguing that…

Mar.03

Japanese interior design: Kiyotomo Sushi Bar

Mar.03

A 26-minute video celebrating a project of the late Shiro Kuramata, one of the great designers of the 20th century (1960’s thru 1980’s). He played a central role in Japanese architecture and design as it was becoming especially prominent, internationally. Kuramata may be best known for creating some of the world’s most iconic furniture. This…

Feb.26

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Making Stunning New Buildings

Feb.26

by Bianca Bosker from New York Times article, April 3, 2017 WITHOUT WARNING, the Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto begins to sing. Moments before, he had been guiding me through his minimalist penthouse loft in a verdant neighborhood of Tokyo, explaining in a voice barely louder than a whisper why white Japanese shikkui plaster is the…

Feb.20

Marie Kondo and the Life-Changing Magic of Japanese Soft Power

Feb.20

NEW YORK TIMES:   The tidying guru is heir to a long tradition: Japan marketing itself as spiritual foil to a soulless West. By Christopher Harding Mr. Harding is a lecturer in Asian history and an author. A diminutive Japanese woman kneels, eyes closed, caressing a rug with open palms. She appears to be praying…

Feb.12

I ONLY HAVE EYES FOR BLUE

Feb.12

by Amy Katoh After 43 years of Blue & White, my eyes only see BLUE. And it may well be that BLUE is taking over the color spectrum. From the skies, to the rivers to the bridges, and even the netting that surrounds them under repair, BLUE is the reigning color The autumn skies in…

Feb.07

Enoura Observatory Part I – Glass Noh Theater Stage

Feb.07

by Steve Beimel Hiroshi Sugimoto inspires me. He is an artist of many forms and his exceptional eye and minimalist Japanese sensibility help to elevate our standards of beauty. I recently visited the Odawara Art Foundation Enoura Observatory, Sugimoto’s latest installation located about an hour south of Tokyo. The project combines his vision as architect,…

Feb.02

In Praise of Shadows

Feb.02

Jun’ichirō Tanizaki, the famous novelist, wrote an essay entitled In Praise of Shadows. He laments the passing of the somber and refined Japanese sensibility he loves. He delights in “the moment of mystery, the moment of trance” He speaks of the warmth of paper… enveloping light “like the soft surface of a first snowfall” He…

Jan.25

STILL SPINNING

Jan.25

by Amy Katoh                                                                                                                                                 Blue &White has lived in Tokyo’s Azabu Juban district for the past 43 years. See how much is going on in the world outside flying kites, trimming trees, smokey moons Our world spins in blues and whites:   Previous page: Tenugui roosters drying at Asahi Dye Works Woman modelling kimono at O…