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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The Japanese Aesthetic of Recycling
Sep08

The Japanese Aesthetic of Recycling

by Gail Rieke Japanese design demonstrates its genius in myriad ways when it comes to reusing materials. The pottery town of Tokename in Aichi Prefecture has an area of town called Dokanzaka that is paved with recycled clay rings and walls of recycled imperfect shochu bottles. This street transforms into an installation piece. Often old millstones are used to provide geometric accent and a sense of nostalgia in Zen Japanese gardens. A...

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Overlooked gems in Japan as seen through the eyes of artist Gail Rieke
Aug26

Overlooked gems in Japan as seen through the eyes of artist Gail Rieke

by Gail Rieke,  Japan Living Arts, artist-at-large A joy like none other… returning to Japan over and over… camera in hand… eyes and heart wide open a stroll down Teramchi Street in Kyoto… collage of asking for blessing the collaboration of people and nature paints masterpieces on the walls… Kanazawa… the whole town seems asleep as the sun arises… the shine of after rain… Nara… fall bouquets of hue and an inscrutable palimpsest of...

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