Contemporary glass artist Miya Kitamura
Nov14

Contemporary glass artist Miya Kitamura

Contemporary glass artist Miya Kitamura Valuing beauty in the everyday object By Dasha Klyachko Miya Kitamura was born into a family of traditional ceramic artists in Kyoto and was making ceramics from an early age. Though she studied ceramics in high school and college, and was expected to take over the family business, Kitamura felt that ceramic making was ‘not quite right’ for her. Though she instead took up glass...

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Karesansui Gardens
Oct24

Karesansui Gardens

In Japan there is a highly sculptural and enigmatic form of garden known as karesansui that evokes a scene of the natural world — a landscape or seascape — through the restrained use of boulders, some plants, and at times raked gravel. The word karesansui is written with the three characters for dry-mountain-water 枯山水, in which ‘mountain-water’ means ‘nature,’ and ‘dry’ refers to the fact that water in the garden is represented...

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One-Straw Messenger: Larry Korn, author and natural farming advocate
Oct22

One-Straw Messenger: Larry Korn, author and natural farming advocate

Interview by Brian Covert LARRY KORN was a 26-year-old farmhand from the United States living and working at a communal farm in rural Kyoto in 1974 when he decided to go and see for himself an enigmatic farmer-philosopher he had been hearing about through the grapevine in Japan. The buzz among farmworkers was that this farmer was doing remarkable things with his rice, barley and citrus crops in the countryside of Ehime Prefecture on...

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Ando Saeko, Japanese lacquer artist
Oct20

Ando Saeko, Japanese lacquer artist

Ando Saeko, Japanese lacquer artist Since relocating her studio from Hanoi to Hoi An in 2016, Saeko has been immersed in the energy of Nature which is ‘so powerful here that I have become just one of the creatures in the middle of it’. Vietnamese lacquer has long been the perfect material for her creative works. Its high transparency and glossiness naturally resembles water in living organisms. Using her experience and knowledge of...

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MATSURI SURPRISE
Oct19

MATSURI SURPRISE

Some work is infinitely more exciting than other jobs. Watanabe san, an enthusiastic and insistent customer at Blue & White urged us to take part in the Hatoyama Jinja/ Shrine market that he was helping to plan on the 15th and 16th of September. With scant enthusiasm, we agreed to bring Blue & White to the market. Hayasawa san, the unadventurous manager of Blue & White who luckily prefers to stay in the shop,...

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What’s black and white???
Oct16

What’s black and white???

by Gail Rieke White turns to black/ black turns to white The Japanese design concept of Notan is the balance between light and dark elements. Adachi Garden in Yasugi It demonstrates the idea that the image and the ground or the positive and the negative spaces are of equal importance   Toji Pagoda in Kyoto It uses flat shapes to create a dramatic image that is easily comprehended and remembered.   Kura (storehouse) in Kurashiki It...

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