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The distinction between fine art and decorative art had no currency in Japan until the late 19th century when Western art historians began to impose their domestic theories and classifications. The co-existence of 用 and 美, function and beauty, was …
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Ceramic

There can be no greater example of the Japanese fusion of beauty and function, 用 and 美、than in the world of ceramics. Although China gave its name to porcelain when it was introduced to Europe, it is Japan that has …
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Unryūan : Museum of Arts and Design New York

In a reference to the Nanban makie tradition of the 15th and 16th Jesuits and other Nanbanjin, and with further reference to the lasting significance of religious objects in human history, Unryūan expressed a desire to be part of this …
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Butoh Performance : You Have My Breath Now

静かなる無意識 You have my breath now; It was never mine, and it Was always silent. To the music of Der Abschied by Vladimir Martynov, butoh performer Adam Wojcinski created a deeply moving experience for the guests at the Playboy Takes …
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Sake Corner #9

A week with Mr John Gauntner : Becoming a Saké Professional – Byron Kehoe John Gauntner is considered to be the one true Saké master, having spent more than 25 years in Japan studying, researching and teaching Saké internationally. Gauntner …
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