Category: Living Arts


June.25

Kurotani, the Home of Washi Paper by Pen

June.25

A kind of traditional Japanese paper known for its quality, delicacy and resistance, washi paper has its noble origins in the village of Kurotani, where this unique craft has been honed and developed since 1593. While the production of washi paper originates from China, the manual manufacturing technique was brought to Japan by Buddhist monks in around 610….

June.19

In Kyoto, a Seventh Generation in Metalwork by The New York Times

June.19

KYOTO, Japan — Yoshinaga Nakamura’s family has specialized in kazari-sho, or metal art, for seven generations. But the items have changed with the times over the last 200 years, and now, as Japan looks forward to welcoming tourists again, he is preparing for the future. “We used to make decorative parts — metal carvings of…

June.17

The Art of ‘Rakugo’, Sit-Down Comedy by Pen

June.17

Rakugo, which literally translates as ‘art of fallen words’, is making a comeback on Japanese stages. Dating back to the 17th century and originating from Buddhist tradition, rakugo experienced its heyday in the Meiji era (1868-1912) and particularly following the Second World War, when it adopted its current form. This also marked the period when it left…

June.11

Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection by Apollo

June.11

Kimono Style at Metropolitan Museum of Art (7 June­–20 February) features a selection of more than 60 kimonos from the John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art. The display traces the evolution of the garment from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through to the early 20th century when the T-shaped design was adapted to suit the lifestyle of…

May.13

The Japanese Home Design That Strikes a Work-Life Balance by Max Zimmerman

May.13

Could the architecture of Kyoto’s historic machiya townhouses offer modern lessons in remote work? While the pandemic has turned many kitchens and bedrooms into makeshift home offices around the world, there’s one style of housing in Japan that’s been mixing business and living space for centuries. The city of Kyoto is known for its stock of unique historical structures…

May.10

Tap Dancing Kabuki by Dianne Vapnek

May.10

“Have you seen the video of the tap dancing kabuki actor?” asked my American friend living in Japan. For real??, I asked.  “I’ll send you a link.” “Tap dancing kabuki actor” felt like an oxymoron for my mental inventory of a tap dancer.  Think:  The Nicolas Brothers, Gene Kelly, Sammy Davis Jr., Bill “Bojangles” Robinson,…

May.06

Marusho Kimono Shop: Honouring Tradition with Japandi Sensibilities By Living in Design

May.06

To mark important milestones in Japan, women will often wear special clothes referred to as Haregi or ‘your Sunday’s best’. Marusho Kimono Shop is a long-established Kimono rental store in Yokohama, with a mission of handing down traditional Japanese culture through Haregi. People often wear Kimono’s for weddings, summer festivals funerals and for ceremonial occasions.The…

Apr.28

House of Music’s undulating roof by Sou Fujimoto evokes tree canopy by Wallpaper Magazine

Apr.28

The highly anticipated House of Music in Hungary has opened its doors. The new, leading European cultural venue, designed by the renowned Japanese architecture studio of 2022 Wallpaper* Design Awards judge Sou Fujimoto, not only represents a striking new landmark for the country, but it also is the architect’s very first completed, permanent, new-build in the continent….

Apr.28

Exhibition – Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan

Apr.28

Discover how two artists seeking a new direction for modern art in the aftermath of World War II found inspiration in Japanese tradition. Trace the friendship, work, ideas and mutual influence of Isamu Noguchi and Saburo Hasegawa, who both sought to balance tradition and modernity, Japanese culture and foreign influences, past and present. Changing and…

Feb.01

ニュースレター2021/12

Feb.01 Steve Beimel

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