Contributor: Alice Gordenker

June.03

Zenzo Fukushima: Keeper of Koishiwara Ware

June.03 Alice Gordenker

Two years ago, at the age of 58, potter Zenzo Fukushima was tapped to become what is commonly known as a “Living National Treasure.” The title, one of Japan’s highest honors, is often misunderstood to be recognition of an individual’s superior accomplishment. In fact, it is a directive from the nation to preserve something that…

Apr.30

The Life of Japanese Women in Ukiyo-e (The Shoto Museum of Art)

Apr.30 Alice Gordenker

No matter how much a woman enjoys lovemaking, it has to be fit in around the more mundane activities of life, whether that be cooking, child rearing or work. It therefore seems appropriate that a new exhibition examining the lives of Japanese women as pictured in ukiyo-e paintings and prints, originally envisioned as a show…

Apr.16

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Yuriko Matsuda

Apr.16 Alice Gordenker

Call her works playful. Call them sensuous. Call them decorative, even, and ceramic artist Yuriko Matsuda won’t mind a bit.  “It’s such a shame that the term “decoration” is so often applied as a pejorative,” Matsuda told me, using the Japanese word sōshoku. “The implication seems to be that anything that is decorative or ornamental…

Mar.27

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Toshiko Okanoue

Mar.27 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.19

Five Generations and Strong

Mar.19 Ali 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…

Dec.15

Japanese Women Artists You Should Know: Meet Noguchi Shōhin 野口小蘋

Dec.15 Alice Gordenker

by Alice Gordenker Entry on Noguchi Shōhin in Bunbu kōmeiroku 文武高名録, a compilation of famous people and important literary figures published in 1893. Private collection. Image used here with special permission. Are you familiar with the painter Noguchi Shōhin? If not, you’re hardly alone. Even when famous in their day, female artists are more likely to…

Oct.11

Out and about with Alice Gordenker

Oct.11 Alice Gordenker

Out and About with Alice Gordenker: Oki Islands Alice shares of her recent media tour of Oki Islands, just off the coast from Matsue, Japan. 在住外国人メディアと隠岐のトレッキング With foreign media on Nishinoshima, Oki Islands, doing the super-impressive downhill trek from Matengai Cliff past Tsutenkyo Arch to Kuniga Beach, in the company of freely grazing cows and…


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