Tag Archives: Culture

Sake Corner #8

Andre Bishop is a self-confessed Japanophile and Sake connoisseur. His passion for Japanese food, in particular Izakaya dining culture, is unrivalled in Australia. Andre is the owner of 5 Japanese Izakaya in Melbourne including Kumo Izakaya in Brunswick, Robot Bar …
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Dance of Darkness : Shirow Kaze-Dama

NITE Art July 23 from 8pm Butoh dance evolved in the intellectual and artistic ferment of post-war Japan as a ‘direct assault on the refinement (miyabi) and understatement (shibui) so valued in Japanese aesthetics’ (Sanders, Vicki (Autumn 1988). “Dancing and …
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Accoutre : The Art of Attire

Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean. Ryunosuke Satoru, Japanese Poet (Dates unknown) Individually, Nakano Kaoru and Lui Hon create works of inspirational beauty, each for the human form and in the context of liberating identity. Through …
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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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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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Women of Fukushima: Short Film

“What must be admitted, very painfully, is that this was a disaster ‘Made in Japan’.” July 5th 2012 The National Diet of Japan Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation In the midst of accusations of blame and gross incompetency, conspiracy theories …
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Between the Folds : Documentary

In a game of word association for ‘Japan’, origami would frequently be front of mind for many people with sushi, kimono and Mt. Fuji. Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding and takes its name from two words, …
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Issey Miyake 132 5

image courtesy of Issey Miyake ‘1’ refers to the single piece of cloth for each item of apparel; ‘3’ to the three-dimensional shape and ‘2’ to the fact that it reduces to a flat two-dimensional form. The gap in the …
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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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