First look at artwork by Yayoi Kusama at Ginza Six complex, opening spring 2017

The center of the complex, which is set to open on April 20th, will also host an exhibition space overseen by Mori Art Museum’s Fumio Nanjo. The debut exhibition will be an installation by Yayoi Ku...

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Every year, a Japanese village in northern Aomori Prefecture creates field-sized, living, 3D paintings made of coloured rice shoots.

From ground level, it didn’t look like much. In fact, the scene looked like a lot of rural Japan: rice paddies with tender shoots in shades of green, rippling in the wind and stretching off into th...

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8 Contemporary Japanese Novelists (Who Aren’t Haruki Murakami)

When Japanese bookshops opened up at midnight on Feb. 24 for his book launch event, Haruki Murakami was back in the news and back on our shelves. Although no publication date has yet been set for t...

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Tatoo craftsman Yoshihito Nakano

Rather than a typical tattoo parlor, the room resembled a tiny school library filled with hundreds of books on everything from paintings to Chinese calligraphy. However, there were some clues point...

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Art In Unexpected Places: “Blossom Blast 2017”

Serendipity brings with it all kinds of gifts. Sometimes chance meetings or random conversations can start new friendships, ideas, and collaborations. Other times when the timing is right, a simple...

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Otherworldly Architecture in Japan’s Magical Mountainside

The mountain town of Karuizawa is about an hour’s train ride northwest of Tokyo, a journey that zooms past the small, heartbreaking scenes of beauty that any traveler here knows, an endlessly repea...

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Legendary Japanese animator Miyazaki comes out of retirement for new film

Here is some great news for all of you Studio Ghibli Anime fans.

Oscar-winning Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki has come out of retirement to work on a new animated feature film, a producer at Stud...

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With New Exhibition, Hokusai Museum Points Spotlight On Ukiyo-e Collectors

Since it opened in November of 2016, the Sumida Hokusai Museum in Tokyo has already recorded 100,000 visitors, proving that the enigmatic Katsushika Hokusai continues to be an object of deep fascin...

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Travel Back in Time to a World of Traditional Japanese Fashion... and Steampunk!

On Apr. 1 and 2, Laforet Museum Harajuku will be hosting Japan's biggest original Steampunk festival as it celebrates its 5th anniversary! As a "steampunk + alternative history event", Steam Garden...

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Take a whirlwind tour through the history of Japanese schoolgirl fashion

Ever wondered how quickly junior high school fashion changes in Japan?

Produced by mobile phone provider NTT Docomo, this music video a whirlwind tour of teenaged girl fashion through the ages in j...

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