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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Jimbocho Den Part.1
Oct03

Jimbocho Den Part.1

Jimbocho Den: Dishes Without Rules…Part I by Mora Chartrand Much has been written about restaurant Jimbocho Den since its 2007 opening by chef-owner Zaiyu Hasegawa, then a 29-year-old unknown. Today, he is no longer unknown. Den is almost always on the must-dine list of those passionate about Japanese cuisine, both from Japan and abroad. In addition to being awarded two Michelin stars, it has also garnered a coveted spot on the...

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Buaiso: Four Young Guys – A New Generation of Indigo Dyers
Sep23

Buaiso: Four Young Guys – A New Generation of Indigo Dyers

Buaiso Indigo by Matt Gross from AirBnB Magazine. Introduction by Mora Chartrand Main Article: Buaiso Indigo from AirBnB magazine, written by Matt Gross If there is one color that epitomizes Japan for me, it is indigo — deep, mystical, midnight blue. The oldest evidence tells us that indigo dyeing first appeared in Japan in the 10th century. Though the following article refers to Indigo dying as a “lost art”, I think “shrunken...

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The Cat and the Mouse
Sep20

The Cat and the Mouse

by devapnek I knew we were in for a visual fest last spring, when we received an invitation to join our friend Masa to visit a temple and garden that is only open to the public for a short time in the spring and autumn. I didn’t know that the visit would prompt a spontaneous game of cat and mouse. Japanese maples surrounding the bell tower It had been a glorious few weeks. A streak of fine weather prolonged sakura season and the...

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A TREE MOVES IN MINATO-KU by Amy Katoh
Sep15

A TREE MOVES IN MINATO-KU by Amy Katoh

A TREE MOVES IN MINATO-KU It’s a matter of priorities.  Minato Ward has its right! Unbeknownst to me, the powers that are in Tokyo’s Minato ward, where many Embassies are located, and many international residents of Tokyo live, decided that the venerable camphor tree in the historic Arisugawa Park needed to be moved.  By chance or no, I happened by on moving day and was astonished by the large group of helmets assembled around the...

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Shifting Rhthyms: The Sculpted Moments of Shoko KOIKE
Sep14

Shifting Rhthyms: The Sculpted Moments of Shoko KOIKE

By Joan B. Mirviss The third solo exhibition of celebrated artist, Shoko KOIKE will be held at Joan B Mirviss LTD. September 11 – October 19, 2018 Joan B Mirviss LTD 39 E 78 Street, New York, NY 10075 Shoko KOIKE (b. 1943) has always taken inspiration from nature, especially from the sea and plants. Swirling shell-like shapes and rising large leafed-vessels are punctuated in their recessed bases with puddled crystallized blue...

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