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Japanese Ceramics by Robert Yellin
Jun12

Japanese Ceramics by Robert Yellin

January, 2016 Tamba Ceramist NISHIHATA Tadashi by Robert Yellin   Of all the Six-Ancient pottery towns in Japan, none retain the tranquil country life feel and environment as Tamba. Located in Hyogo prefecture not that far from bustling metropolises Kobe and Osaka, Tamba is situated in a valley where for a millennium the potters have used the perfect slopes of the hills to build their wood-burning kilns. This is the setting where...

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Japanese Ceramics by Joan B. Mirviss
Jan23

Japanese Ceramics by Joan B. Mirviss

January, 2016 Landscapes in Clay: Masanao Kaneta by Joan B. Mirviss An eighth-generation Hagi potter, KANETA Masanao (b. 1953) has reached beyond his extended patrimony to create a truly sculptural oeuvre grounded in functionality. Due to his training as a sculptor, Kaneta’s forms have a strong and dramatic presence that sets them apart from the work of other artists from the ancient ceramic center of Hagi. Using centuries-old glazes,...

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Swords by Paul Martin
Jan01

Swords by Paul Martin

February, 2015 Sword History Japanese Sword expert Paul Martin’s simplied description of swords through the ages… Jõkotõ are straight blades with no curvature.  They are usually constructed in the hira-zukuri and kiriha-zukuri styles. It is thought that the shift from straight blades to Japanese swords with curvature happened around the mid to late Heian period (794-1184). This was during the mid 10th century: about the...

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Zen Buddhist temple by Waro KISHI
Feb29

Zen Buddhist temple by Waro KISHI

Zen Lounge….. A contemporary space in a Zen Buddhist temple, with commentary by the architect, Waro KISHI On occasions in which this Zen temple was to host very important ceremonies, the room was designed to be a waiting room for guests from the head temple during the ceremony and to be a study for the chief priest afterwards. The client's wish was to turn the attic space, which is located on the top story of the reinforced...

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Shuji Nakagawa – Oke Maker
Feb07

Shuji Nakagawa – Oke Maker

Nakagawa Shuji: Oke Maker Interview by Steve Beimel   When Nakagawa Shuji’s grandfather, Kameiichi, turned ten years old, he went to work at Tarugen. This famed maker of oke (wooden pails or buckets) and barrels, had been established in Kyoto during the waning years of the Edo period (1603-1868), and was to become Kameiichi’s workplace for the next 40 years. In the process, Kameiichi became a master shokunin (artisan). For his loyalty...

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Kodo Taiko Drummers
Jan12

Kodo Taiko Drummers

  Kodo Taiko Drummers   13 minute video:   Get your heat beating with the drums of Kodo, Japan's premiere taiko group. Welcome in the New Year with their pure energy and enthusiasm....

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