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Contemporary Glass Artist Takeshi Sano
Aug15

Contemporary Glass Artist Takeshi Sano

Contemporary glass art combined with Japanese sensibility philosophy and aesthetic by Dasha Klyachko Although records show that glass has existed in Japan as far back as the Yayoi period (300BC-AD300),  western glass making did not arrive until the Portuguese brought it in the 16th century,. It was then that the Japanese traditional glass art techniques of Edo Kiriko, Satsuma Kiriko and Hizen Vidro were developed and became popular....

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From the Horvitz Collection
Aug15

From the Horvitz Collection

Hands & Earth: Six Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics Opens at the Lowe Art Museum More than 40 important works created by 35 leading contemporary Japanese ceramic artists will be on view at the Lowe Art Museum from June 20 to September 23, 2018. All of the works are drawn from the collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, who have the most significant encyclopedic collection of major Japanese modern and contemporary...

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CHECKING OUT: THE FINAL DAYS OF HOTEL OKURA
Aug15

CHECKING OUT: THE FINAL DAYS OF HOTEL OKURA

February 20, 2018 / TOKONOMA The announcement that the Hotel Okura was slated for demolition in the summer of 2015 reverberated around the world, and was duly met with harsh criticism. Architects, designers and historians, not to mention the hotel’s former patrons — including heads of state, world-class actors and fashion house moguls — lamented that the Okura’s unique sensibility could never be replicated. Many fear that the...

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Wappado by Mora Chartrand
Aug15

Wappado by Mora Chartrand

By Mora Chartrand, the Foodies’ Foodie Wappado, a haven for those who yearn for a meal that expresses the terroir of the northern Kyoto countryside. Ōhara, a sleepy, agricultural hamlet just outside of Kyoto, is best known to visitors as the home of Jakko-in and Sanzenin temples, among others. It’s hard to match the rural beauty of this area, especially in the autumn. Ōhara is also well known for its fields of red shiso (赤ジソ) that is...

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HAMAGURI-YA by Akemi Koyama
Aug15

HAMAGURI-YA by Akemi Koyama

HAMAGURI-YA (Hitachinaka City, IBARAGI)   Restaurant in Hitachinaka city serves only one special prix fixe Hamaguri meal.  Hamaguri is a clam, I mean a huge clam that is a size of the palm of a hand. I stopped with friends at Hamaguri-ya on the way to Fukushima from Haneda airport.  It was a pleasant ride with an ocean view, driving along the coast line of Ibaragi Prefecture. This unique restaurant is located next to Hitachi National...

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