July.03

The Enduring Charm of Japan's First Porcelain

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July.03

The Enduring Charm of Japan’s First Porcelain

July.03

Frequent JLA contributor Alice Gordenker shares her appreciation for a type of Japanese antique porcelain that has captivated people all over the world for more than 400 years. For a comprehensive introduction to Imari ware, and some lovely photographs, please take a look at her new article on the All About Japan website.  

June.27

Elizabeth Andoh: A Taste of Culture – ICE is nice!

June.27

The (relatively cool) rainy season has just begun throughout most of Japan, but make no mistake: the oppressive heat and humidity of summer is on its way. The best culinary counterattack on high temperatures and humidity is ICE. Think glacier-like chunks of ice tinkling in glass bowls with swirls of sōmen noodles surrounding them… then imagine mounds…

June.20

‘The Spirit of Noh 能’ – Oldest surviving form of theater in the world

June.20

A beautifully produced introduction to the mystery behind the world’s oldest theater form still practiced today. (Under 9 minutes)

June.09

Made in Japan: 20th-Century Poster Art by Poster House

June.09

  Japanese poster design reflects the country’s rich visual culture and printmaking  tradition, and was used throughout the 20th century to represent the country to domestic and international audiences. Two world wars in addition to rapid industrialization, urbanization, and the rise of mass media fundamentally transformed modern Japan, and its specific journey as both an…

June.02

Elizabeth Andoh: A Taste of Culture – Japanese GREEN TEA

June.02

Drinking green tea, ryokucha 緑茶, is an integral part of daily life in Japan, enjoyed throughout the day. It can run the gamut from ritualized and formal occasions such as chakai ceremonial tea to the most casual moments and settings when thirst is quenched with bottles of green tea dispensed from vending machines found everywhere. Temperatures yesterday suddenly began…

May.27

The connection between maker and owner by Gianfranco Chicco

May.27

The connection between maker and owner I love product catalogues. When I was a kid I spent hours flipping through the LEGO booklets that my parents would bring back from their trips abroad (LEGO was not widely available in Argentina in the ‘80s). I would check out every detail of the sets featured in those…

Mar.11

Elizabeth Andoh: A Taste of Culture – NAGA NEGI 長ネギ

Mar.11

Like many vegetables enjoyed in Japan today, naga negi traveled to Japan from China by way of the Korean peninsula; they have been cultivated in Japan since the 8th century. Naga [“long”] negi [“onions”] or Allium fistulosum, are called by various names outside Japan: Japanese leeks, Welsh onions, Japanese bunching onion, to name a few….

Feb.13

Technology-based gallery at Tokyo National Museum brings Buddhist masterpieces into clear view

Feb.13 Buddhism museum

Levitation is among the miraculous feats ascribed to a child prince who lived more than a 1,400 years ago and grew up to become a great patron of Buddhism.  (Detail from “Illustrated Biography of Prince Shotoku,” a National Treasure of Japan. Image courtesy of the Tokyo National Museum, Gallery of Horyuji Treasures.) The Tokyo National…

Feb.07

Elizabeth Andoh: A Taste of Culture – Hakusai 白菜

Feb.07

Walk in to any supermarket in Japan in January and you’ll find compact wedges and bulbous whole heads of HAKUSAI (Chinese cabbage; B. rapa ssp. Pekinensis). Most Asian groceries throughout the world sell hakusai in the winter. I hope you’ll buy some and join me in making pickles, soups, nabé and more. After buying hakusai, wrap whatever portion you won’t be using immediately…

Jan.25

Deep in Yamagata’s mountains, rural artisans pull on history’s threads by The Japan Times

Jan.25

Uesugi Yozan was a very young leader with a very big problem. When the ninth daimyo of the Yonezawa Domain (modern-day Yamaguchi Prefecture) assumed leadership in 1767 at the tender age of 16, Uesugi (1751-1822) inherited a fiefdom mired in poverty as the result of extravagant spending and poor management. Fortunately for his subjects, Uesugi…