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The Art of Drainspotting: What Is It?

When we travel, we are always looking straight ahead at the sights, shops, and people around us. But have you ever thought to take a look down at the ground? Don’t miss the unexpected works of art you can stumble upon in the form of unique Japanese manhole covers! Here is an introduction to three…

Bananas and Beatles in Lacquer – Ryoma Noda’s Art Expression

Contemporary Art Website “TRiCERA” introducing new up and coming Japanese artists Original article written by Shinzo Okuoka (May 14th, 2020) Fujitv-view https://www.fujitv-view.jp/gallery/post-102406/?imgid=1 (Japanese only) ・Ryoma Noda is a young Japanese artist attracting a lot of attention. ・He expresses his art by using lacquer with insects and bananas as a motif. ・Funnily, he admits he decided…

“Ukiyo-e = Japanese art” – is this an outdated notion?

When it comes to “Japanese art”, what images pop up in your mind? For example, when you search on the Internet some keywords like “Japan, art”, most of the results will be of Hokusai’s ukiyo-e prints, folding screens, or the sliding screen paintings in the Edo period. It seems that foreigners equate “classical Japanese art”…

Kintsugi: The Traditional Japanese Craft and Its Important Message

When something is broken, do you immediately throw it away or do you mend it? When it comes to our favorite possessions, we probably repair the broken things and try to make it appear as if an accident never occurred. Many people will use glue, clay, or other molding products to make broken items look…
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Art Aquarium Nihonbashi 2019: Goldfish and Edo Culture

by Zoria Petkoska Nihonbashi was the heart of Edo, or old Tokyo, where all important roads used to meet. To this day, the area is displaying its Edo heritage through art, design, events, food – both authentic recreations and modern culture twists. Just a stroll around the area reveals elegant tradition-inspired design, with people wearing…

Japan Media Arts Festival Showcases a Variety of Unique Artworks

Over the month of June 2019, the 22nd Japan Media Arts Festival was held across various venues on Odaiba Island in Tokyo. The main venue for the show was at the Miraikan, a museum that hosts exhibits dealing with many aspects of natural history such as the past and humanity’s impact on the earth. From…

How to Visit Tokyo Museums as a Foreigner and Get a Good Deal

This spring and summer the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum has been holding a special art exhibit on Gustav Klimt, a famous Austrian symbolist painter. I love going to art museums and was not going to pass up an opportunity to see this special exhibit. While I’ve been to plenty of art museums in my life, going…

A Borderless World – Tips on visiting teamLab Borderless Museum

TeamLab opened their own teamLab Borderless Museum in Odaiba, Tokyo back in the summer of 2018. The exhibition taking place in the 10,000 sqm Mori Building features endless and beautifully convoluted interactive digital art. The exhibition will remain permanent and is located in Odaiba’s Palette Town on the second floor next to the ferris wheel.…
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Classic shrines of Chiba – a glimpse of tradition before you fly out of Narita.

When you say the word “Chiba” or “Narita” to most foreigners, images of Japan’s largest international airport comes immediately to mind, along with that mad rush foreigners make to catch their plane. Yet, if you say Narita or Chiba to most Japanese, you might hear two diverse descriptions – the first, of course is the…

Don’t Miss These 2 Art and Food Festivals in Tokyo This May 2018!

In Japan this May 2018? Make the most of your time by joining these two interesting activities in Tokyo which can fulfill your passion for art and food. They are both attended by many locals and tourists so you shouldn’t miss them as well! 1. Roppongi Art Night 2018 Roppongi Art Night is a one-night…