Monthly Archives: February 2013

2013 The Year of Black Water Snake

Snake illustration by Shumei Kobayashi  February 4 2013 sees the commencement of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake (巳年), the black water snake to be precise, a rare combination not experienced since 1953. In the Chinese scheme of …
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Tsujimura Shiro : Ceramic Glazes as Abstract Art

‘For a look at some of the most expressive abstract painting around, check out the new ceramics by the Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura …’ So wrote the New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize winning art critic Holland Cotter (read full article here) …
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Cultural Appropriation in Contemporary Japanese Art

Mayonnaise Anyone? Next time you ask for mayonnaise on your sushi; drown your rice in soy sauce; drink miso soup with a spoon or from a ceramic bowl and think you are experiencing Japan… beware and think again! The possible …
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Australia and the Asian Century: A personal reflection

The recent government White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century prompted some thinking about Australia’s relationship with Asia as reflected in my personal experience. It has taken decades for Australia to realize and articulate the importance of Asia to …
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