Anti-Decluttering House in Miyamotocho

Marie Kondo (or Konmari, if you prefer) and her decluttering empire has taken the West by storm. And it’s given Japan an image of ultra-minimalism where people live a simple lifestyle, free of all ...

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The Mechanical Bonsai Paintings of Mai Inoue

At the age of 24, Mai Inoue creates paintings that look like they could have been painted by her great grandparents. Her subject matter are bonsai: the Japanese art form of pruning and cultivating ...

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Danchi: A Photographic Journey Into Japan’s Public Housing Projects

“I’m standing alone before a complex of danchi. Row upon row of identical numbered buildings extend into the distance. Fluorescent lights flicker to life illuminating the stark concrete.” That’s To...

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Kigumi: The Japanese Museum of Interlocking Wooden Joints

In a nondescript building in Tokyo there is a little-known museum that celebrates on of Japan’s most distinctive crafts: kigumi, or interlocking wooden joints.

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Graphic Artworks by Haruka Aramaki Distort our Perception of Space

We were in Tokyo recently and one of the most enjoyable exhibitions was this show of blue and red graphic artworks by designer Haruka Aramaki. Composed of predominantly blue and red – “I feel a neu...

posted by  banzaitokyo | 1 week, 3 days ago | 0 comments

Black In Tokyo: a Documentary About Life in Japan

A short documentary from 2017 takes a look at the lives of black residents in Tokyo. Directed by Nigerian-American artist Amarachi Nwosu, the film follows five subjects, with origins ranging from W...

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Kazuhiro Tsuji just made Oscar history

With his Academy Award win, along with David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick, for their work in “Darkest Hour,” Kazuhiro Tsuji became the first Asian individual to win the Oscar for hair and makeup.

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Japanese makeup artist wins Academy Award

Japanese makeup artist Kazuhiro Tsuji has won an Academy Award in the category of makeup and hairstyling for his work on the film "Darkest Hour." It was his 3rd nomination.

He shared the award with...

posted by  Yubi | 1 week, 5 days ago | 0 comments

Hafu2Hafu Project Creator Answers Questions on Half-Japanese Identity

Tetsuro Miyazaki, a photographer and the son of a Belgian mother and a Japanese father, is the creator of the Hāfu2Hāfu photography project. For his research, Miyazaki has photographed and intervie...

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Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041

Timber tower construction is the current obsession of architects, with new projects claiming to be the world’s next tallest popping up all over the globe. But this latest proposal from Japanese com...

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