Monthly Archives: June 2012

Ishinomaki : Komegura Kimono Shop

The streets of Ishinomaki are clear, their pavements shovelled clean of mud and debris by locals and volunteers. Fronting these pavements are faceless buildings in various stages of devastation, boarded up and forlorn. There are no people. There are no …
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Art Crafting Towards the Future : 21st Century Museum of Art

A highlight of our recent trip to Japan, April 27 saw us at the opening of a stunning and stimulating exhibition of contemporary ‘craft’ (工芸 kogei) at the internationally renowned 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan.  Entitled ‘Art …
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Rinpa Style: International Symposium

In line with the professionalism and educational outreach which we have become happily accustomed to from the AGNSW, the Kamisakka Sekka exhibition, is complemented by a one-day seminar on June 23 featuring a number of international speakers and scholars, including …
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Yoshida Norihiro - Framing Maio Motoko

The members of Japan’s traditional studio system are often not acknowledged. Historical records do not name the many individual artists involved in the creation of some of Japan’s most renowned artworks: The Hatsune Set of the Tokugawa for example, is …
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Teraoka Masami: New Albion Gallery

Teraoka Masami New Albion Gallery, Sydney May 23 – June 16 2012 www.newalbiongallery.com A prominent international Japanese-American artist, Teraoka Masami (b. 1936) mixes the tradition of ukiyoe, American pop-art and more recently elements of Gothic and Renaissance paintings in his …
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Nihonga Japanese Painting : Hamilton Art Gallery

Hamilton Art Gallery, Australia 30 May – 11 July 2012 Details A valuable collection of Nihonga paintings was donated to the State of Victoria by the International Culture Appreciation and Interchange Society of Japan in 1977 to commemorate the signing …
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Ogata Korin : Nezu Museum of Art

Irises and Eight Bridges: Masterpieces by Kōrin from the Nezu Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Nezu Art Musuem Tokyo April 21 – May 20 2012 After nearly a century apart, Ogata Korin’s (1658-1716) two master works of screen …
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Genga: Otomo Katsuhiro

There is a line, snaking around the block as far as the eye can see, of people of all ages, backgrounds and types – bartenders, low-level yakuza, manual laborers… me…all eagerly queuing to shuffle in single file at a painstakingly …
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Hakone Open Air Museum : Hakone Japan

A short walk from Gora Kadan is the Hakone Open Air Museum (Sculpture Park is the literal translation from the Japanese). Established in 1969 and with over 70,000 square metres of beautifully landscaped grounds against a backdrop of the Hakone …
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Gora Kadan: Hot Spring Ryokan

Gora Kadan ‘The premier Hot Spring Ryokan in Hakone, Japan’ A recent confession to a long-standing Japanese friend that I had never, in over 25 years of frequent visits and extended stays in Japan, been to Hakone, provided the ideal …
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