May.22

Nuno

May.22

In Layering Sukesuke is all in how things show through. NUNO inserts small, light objects between layers of sheer silk organdy to accentuate the translucency. This is much more laborious than it sounds: computer-driven looms must be stopped over and over again, row after row, so that feathers can be hand-positioned. Alternatively, organdy is shot through…

Feb.12

A Taste of Culture – Banzuké RANKING

Feb.12 Elizabeth Andoh

by Elizabeth Andoh Dear friends, colleagues and those who have expressed an interest in the FOOD & CULTURE of Japan: The Japanese have a fondness for ranking things. There are endless lists known as BANZUKÉ for sports (Sumo wrestling banzuké is the most well-known), for TV personalities, for onsen (hot springs) hotels and other travel…

Oct.30

DAIGAKU IMO: The Sweet Potato with a College Education

Oct.30 Elizabeth Andoh

While growing up in New York, I took lessons at The Art Student’s League on Saturday mornings. After class I would meet my father for a late lunch. His office was a few doors down from the Plaza Hotel (where Eloise had taken up residence in 1955) in the building next to Prexy’s. The burger…

Apr.29

Global Refresh

Apr.29

by Steve Beimel A simple truth: trees suck up carbon and cool down the area in which they are planted. They are also beautiful, assist in ground water replenishment, provide habitat for many forms of life and act as wind breaks. I was tired of years of helplessly watching the world get hotter and ignoring…

Apr.12

A new Golden Age of Japan has begun!

Apr.12

by Steve Beimel                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Japan continues to delight, surprise and fulfill me after nearly 50 years.  About two years ago, a group of about a dozen American and British friends joined together to support me in my efforts to identify needs and give strategic support to small, key projects that encourage traditional Japanese crafts to flourish…

Apr.01

Architect Charles Bernstein, A.I.A., comments on the Church of Light by Ando Tadao

Apr.01

  Charles Bernstein, A.I.A. This poetically designed church was completed in 1995 on a low budget, and won Ando the Pritzker Award. The relatively small structure is located in a suburb of Osaka. Like most of Ando’s work, the building materials consist of glass, steel and of course, poured-in-place concrete. In addition to evocatively placed…

Mar.27

Ronnie Beimel Scholarship Fund

Mar.27

In honor of our dear colleague, friend, cousin, nephew, fiancée, future son-in-law, brother and son The Ronald Beimel Scholarship fund has been created to honor Ronnie’s memory and to inspire others going forward with both his passion for life and his highly focused pursuit of his dreams. We have chosen to focus on Japanese fine…

May.28

Examples of Baby Steps to a Glorious World

May.28

Baby step: Bought a book at a local independent book store. Goal: support local retail culture Baby step: Baby step: Planted a begonia in a pot, placed next to my apartment door. Goal: beautify neighborhood, support local retail culture. Baby step: Baked a bread and shared with a neighbor whom I don’t know well. Goal:…

Apr.20

The foodie’s foodie, Mora Chartrand-Grant, shares about her donabe.

Apr.20

The foodie’s foodie, Mora Chartrand-Grant, shares about her donabe. Steve Beimel: Mora—So you finally bought a donabe??? Mora Chartrand-Grant: Yes, and I’m really proud of it. I always come back from Japan with yet another piece of rustic Japanese pottery to add to our home collection, which I regularly use in the kitchen…the crustier and…

Mar.27

Ronnie Beimel Scholarship Fund

Mar.27

In honor of our dear colleague, friend, cousin, nephew, fiancée, future son-in-law, brother and son The Ronald Beimel Scholarship fund has been created to honor Ronnie’s memory and to inspire others going forward with both his passion for life and his highly focused pursuit of his dreams. We have chosen to focus on Japanese fine…