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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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You say, “Yamato”

  You say, “Yamato”  by Lauren Deutsch       I'm just not much of a history buff. Things are “now” or “not now.” Growing up in Philadelphia, I had my share of the spirit before The Spirit of '76, and it was alive and well before the Bicentennial hoopla. While I was not very Federalist, none-the-less I imagined myself part of the historical continuum. We were living history. We worked and...

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An Ordinary Day in Paradise – Tokyo post-tsunami

Visiting friends from the U.S. are looking for handmade Japanese mulberry washi for gift wrapping. We begin the day at Ozu Paper in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district. My friends had anticipated a five-minute shopping stop before they realized that washi comes in hundreds of different textures, colors, weights and styles. After about an hour, they settle on enough paper to insure striking and sumptuous-looking gifts for a long time to come....

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Tokyo is back! (Kyoto never left)
Jun11

Tokyo is back! (Kyoto never left)

Steve here: Two months ago, the US Government announced that there are no significant risks to US citizens outside of the nuclear power plant area. Yet foreign tourism has Japan dropped by 90% and continues to be low, reflecting fears that the nation is significantly destroyed and covered in radiation. While tragic indeed, the facts are that Japan is larger than Great Britain and the largely rural tsunami area is far from where most...

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Imadate Papermaking Village, by Gail Rieke

Steve here: I recently co-led a travel journaling tour of Japan with Santa Fe, New Mexico-based artist and educator, Gail Rieke. Gail, please tell us about our workshops in Imadate. Gail Rieke: Our group had the great privilege of participating in two workshops in Imadate Papermaking Village! Instructed by residents of this 1600-year old center for paper arts, we tried our hand at making both the renowned Echizen-style paper and...

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Cherry Blossoms at Shirakawa Creek

By Helen Hasenfeld I had been overwhelmed by the beauty of cherry blossoms in Kyoto, but nothing prepared me for the vision that awaited me as I turned off the crowded, 21st century main thoroughfare in downtown Kyoto onto the cobblestone street paralleling quiet Shirakawa Creek. I blinked my eyes several times to make sure that I wasn’t hallucinating, because it seemed that I had entered another place and time entirely. Both sides of...

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