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Haruki Murakami’s Books Come to Life In This Exhibit at Chihiro Art Museum

Kyoto-born contemporary author Haruki Murakami is one of Japan’s most well-known novelists. His books blend both Japanese sensibilities with heavy influences using his fellow writers as muses specifically Kurt Vonnegut, Jack Kerouac and Franz Kafka. Despite the Western impact on his writing, he is beloved by audiences in Japan where his books have changed the…

Check Out the Creative Traditional Japanese Portrayal of Captain America and Iron Man!

With the recent hype around the Hollywood movie, Captain America: Civil War, a Japanese Twitter user, @takumitoxin, recently created a beautiful illustration creatively capturing the fight between Captain America and Iron Man. What stood out especially is that the illustration was created in a way that resembles the traditional Japanese art style, ukiyo-e! Captain America…

You Probably Know About Bonsai, But How About This Miniature Art Form?

If you’re familiar with bonsai (miniature trees), then you probably have come across “bonseki” which are miniature landscapes presented in a black tray. It is an ancient Japanese traditional form of art which uses small dry elements such as white sand, pebbles, rocks and other tiny decorative things. These elements are combined together similarly to…

Do You Know About Gyotaku? A Traditional Japanese Art Form Using Actual Fish!

In the past when cameras were not freely and easily accessible unlike in today’s world, people had other ways to capture the image of an object. One of those ways is painting, which was one of the main reasons that painters were highly revered in the past. Besides that, there was a lesser known technique,…

Heard of Famous Japanese Artist Jakuchu? Let his Exquisite Masterpieces Blow your Mind!

What do you imagine when you think of Japanese art? Perhaps the typical image of ukiyo-e paintings or ink drawings? There is actually quite an array of historical Japanese art. A great, celebrated Japanese artist named Jakuchu painted extremely vibrant and beautiful paintings throughout his career in the Edo era. In this article, you can…

Yayoi Kusama: the Prominent Japanese Artist With an Eccentric Style

Yayoi Kusama is a prominent Japanese contemporary artist who produces artwork which heavily features polka dots. Hence, she is also referred to as the Princess of Polka Dots. Now at the age of 86, she still sports an eccentric fashion sense and often dons bright-colored wigs. Personal Life and Struggles With Mental Illness   View…

Netsuke: Beautiful Little Pieces of Japanese Art

Fashion in itself is an artistic expression, as well as a reflection of one’s culture and history. Bearing that in mind, let’s examine Japan’s fashion piece of the 17th century – ‘netsuke’. History   View this post on Instagram   紫苑 提げ「榧の実」 #根付 #根付作家 #紫苑 #榧の実 #ギャラリー花影抄 #根津の根付屋 #netsuke #netsukeartist #SHION #torreyanut #galleryhanakagesho #nezunonetsukeya Gallery…

Kyudo: The ’Way of the Bow’ as a Traditional Japanese Form of Art

Japan is home to many martial art traditions where some are only recognized within Japan. One example of this is “kyudo,” a Japanese martial art originating from the samurai class. For most practitioners in Japan, Kyudo is an art form and literally means “way of the bow” which is also linked to ancient Shinto tradition.…

Venetian Glass Museum: Enjoy a Romantic Italian Art Experience in Hakone!

The Venetian Glass Museum in Hakone is a museum, shop, and cafe in one. It features Italian buildings in nature with a large strolling garden. It exhibits 100 antique Venetian glass and some modern art forms of making glass. The museum also offers classes on glass art as well as a dress-up service for that…