Mar.13

Donald Keene, Famed Translator of Japanese Literature, Dies at 96

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Mar.29

Donald Keene, Famed Translator of Japanese Literature, Dies at 96

Mar.29 by Steve Beimel

By Ben Dooley, New York Times article Donald Keene, whose translations of Japanese literature into English and prodigious academic output helped define the study of the subject and made him a celebrity in Japan, died on Sunday in Tokyo. He was 96. The Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture at Columbia University confirmed his death….

Mar.27

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Toshiko Okanoue

Mar.27 by Alice Gordenker

At age 91, artist Toshiko Okanoue is very much in the spotlight. An influential publisher just released a book of her photo collages and her largest-ever retrospective at a public museum is now showing in Tokyo. But it hasn’t always been this way. After a brief but successful career in the 1950s, Okanoue and her…

Mar.24

Dressing the World in Innovative Textiles – Reiko Sudo

Mar.24 by Steve Beimel

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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.08

A Taste of Culture SETSUBUN

Mar.08 by Elizabeth Andoh

節分 setsu (season) + bun (break) Setsubun is literally a break between seasons and occurs several times during the year. But the setsubun that is noted on calendars today in Japan is on February 3. In China and many other places in Asia it corresponds to the start of the lunar New Year. In Japan…

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.23

Kimono Refashioned

Feb.23 by Steve Beimel

San Francisco Asian Art Museum explores impact of kimono on global fashion On view from Feb. 8 through May 5, 2019 Evening dress, Autumn/Winter 1991, by Rei Kawakubo (Japanese, b. 1942) for Comme des Garçons Noir. Silk taffeta with hand painting. Collection of The Kyoto Costume Institute. © The Kyoto Costume Institute, photo by Takashi…

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…