Tag Archives: Japan

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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Foreign ownership of Japanese art

*Pictured Japanese Room, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Courtesy of the Boston Public LIbrary  ‘Some Japanese people have mixed feelings about foreigners possessing art pieces deemed national treasures or seen as culturally important,’ is a sentiment expressed in an article …
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Pola Museum of Art : Hakone Japan

The commitment to serious art in Japan is always overwhelming. Putting aside, for the moment, the question of whether this commitment is as seriously expressed with regard to Japanese culture as to European and Chinese, every prefecture has a major …
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Sake Corner #5

The Suehiro Sake Shop, Wajima Wajima Cityis home to the Kitamura Kobo, the studio of contemporary lacquer artist Unryuan Kitamura Tatsuo and a frequent stop on my visits to Japan. On this trip, however, I happily focused on the many …
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Aida Makoto: Heisei Kanjin Project

‘I want to become a symbolic artist of Japanese strangeness…’ is how Aida Makoto (b. 1965) described himself during an interview with the Japan Society in 2011. After listening to him being interviewed at the Mori Art Academy a few weeks ago, …
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Ishinomaki donation - One Million Yen and a bit more

After visiting the devastated areas of Ishinomaki, we went to meet with Fujita-san, representative head of the Citizens for the Recovery of Ishinomaki, to hand over the raised donation funds. With the kind co-operation of American Express International, some $14,000 …
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Ishinomaki Update #2

On the 15th of March Lesley Kehoe Galleries and the Significant Womens’ Network held a fundraising event for the tsunami ravaged township of Ishinomaki. The event was attended by the Consul-General of Japan, Mr Hidenobu Sobashima, who expressed Japan’s heartfelt …
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Sake Corner #4

For Tohoku’s Sake Sake tasting event Consulate-General of Japan Melbourne Crown Casino February 16th 2012 Promoting sake as an important part of Japanese culture has to be one of the benefits of a diplomatic career- and one at Lesley Kehoe …
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Ishinomaki Update #1

Ishinomaki Fund-raiser : Thank You Sparkling sake bubbled along with the energy of our recent fund-raising event for the tsunami-devastated Ishinomaki in Tohoku. The Consul-General of Japan, Mr Hidenobu Sobashima expressed Japan’s heartfelt gratitude for the assistance from Australia, acknowledging …
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Nakano Kaoru

Paper jewellery challenges our normal ideas of ‘precious’ and ‘value’ in a most confronting way. It demands that we look beyond the material to an appreciation of design and imagination. One of the most creative women artists in the current …
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