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Japan’s Grand Old Man Of Anime Is Making One Last Film

Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli said in 2013 that he was retiring. Now, aged 80, he’s back at work, the film titled How Do You Live? “I am making this movie,” he says “because I do not have the answer.” – T — The New York Times Style Magazine
Tags: Art, Japan, Media, Hayao Miyazaki, Ghibli

Beautiful Butterfly Tattoo Designs and Ideas

Butterflies are delicate flying insects with colorful wings. The insect undergoes a process called metamorphosis, in which the caterpillar transforms into a butterfly. This process of change has popularized the butterfly as a symbol in art, signifying transformation, rebirth and a lifting of the heart. The Meaning of Butterfly Tattoos Butterflies are often used as a visual symbol to mark a major change in a person's life. Because of the metamorphosis process, butterflies symbolize the strug...
Tags: Japan, Design, Pets, Beautiful, Sigmund Freud, Butterfly, Tattoo, Body Art, Tattoo Design, Feminine, Butterfly Tattoo, Tattoo Art, Catherine Nessworthy, Tattoo Ideas, Tattoo Inspiration, Tattoos For Girls

Who’s Listening To Podcasts

In the U.S., 40% of internet users listen to podcasts. In Canada a third (32.8%) listen and in Mexico a quarter do (25.8%). But in the Asia-Pacific region the numbers are smaller. In South Korea and Japan 12% of internet users report listening to podcasts. – Inside Radio
Tags: Art, South Korea, Japan, Media, Mexico, Canada, Asia Pacific, Audience

Japanese Guided Tours of the Louvre, Versailles, the Marais & Other Famous French Places (English Subtitles Included)

“As tourist season here in Paris winds to a close and the air once again becomes crisp, fresh, and new,” writes The Atlantic‘s Chelsea Fagan, “we must unfortunately acknowledge that it does not end without a few casualties.” That piece was published at this time of year, albeit a decade ago, when “tourist season” anywhere had a bit more bustle. But the worldwide downturn in travel hasn’t done away with the object of her concern: Paris Syndrome, “a collection of physical and psychological...
Tags: Travel, Art, Facebook, Japan, College, France, Atlantic, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Seoul, Louis Vuitton, Versailles, United States Europe, Fagan, Vincent Van Gogh, Nakamura

Tokyo Rose review – fiery musical revolves around radio DJ’s fight for justice

Southwark Playhouse, LondonIva Toguri’s trial for treason, accused of broadcasting Japanese propaganda to American troops, forms the backbone of this productionThis real-life story of Iva Toguri tells of an innocent young woman caught in the tangle of historical and wartime bigotries. Toguri, who came to be known as “Tokyo Rose”, was an American citizen who visited Japan in the 1940s and became a radio DJ. Her return to the US sparked public uproar among those who – wrongly – accused her of broa...
Tags: Japan, Musicals, Theatre, US, San Francisco, World news, Culture, Asia Pacific, Second world war, Stage, Tokyo, Southwark Playhouse, Iva Toguri, LondonIva Toguri, Toguri, Hannah Benson

Building Without Nails: The Genius of Japanese Carpentry

Traditional Japanese carpentry impresses us today, not so much with the tools its practitioners use as with the ones they don’t: nails, for example. Or glue, for that matter. Here on Open Culture we’ve previously featured introductions to Japanese wood joinery, the art of cutting wood in a manner such that pieces slide together and solidly interlock without the aid of any other materials. Though it may seem like magic, it’s really just physics — or rather, physics, and engineering, and t...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, China, New York City, United States, Seoul, Colin Marshall, Miya Shoji, 21st Century Los Angeles, Hisao Hanafusa

Photo Essay: Out at Takes the Cake, the 'drag king and thing' competition that's expanding the possibilities of drag

Week 2 Winner Willy Killigan performs at Takes the Cake. Elyssa Goodman for Insider At Takes the Cake, drag artists who identify anywhere on the gender spectrum are welcome. The event is put on by The Cake Boys collective. See more stories on Insider's business page. "I put the 'toxic' in toxic masculinity!" Muscles Monty is standing on stage at Purgatory, a club in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Bathed in purple and green light, faux spiders appear to be crawling on his jacket, which is...
Tags: Art, Cake, Japan, New York, News, Lgbt, New York City, US, Trends, Chicago, Transgender, Brooklyn, LGBT rights, Gay Rights, Eddie, Richard

Massive and magnificent creatures created from leftover rice straw

In Niigata, Japan, artists create astounding creatures from rice straw, a byproduct of rice production. Called Wara Art, the sculptures are created in a collaboration between Niigata City residents and students from Musashino Art University. The Wara Art Festival is taking place right now through October 31 in the city's Uwasekigata Park. — Read the rest
Tags: Art, Post, Japan, News, Sculpture, Rice, Sculptures, Niigata City, Niigata Japan, Uwasekigata Park Read

Japan’s ‘Nobel For The Arts” To James Turrell, Yo-Yo Ma, Sebastião Salgado, Glenn Murcutt

The Praemium Imperiale, including ¥15 million ($136,000) for each recipient, is awarded for painting (Salgado, a photographer), sculpture (Turrell, a light artist), music (Ma, a cellist), architecture (Murcutt), and theater/film (no prize awarded this year). – Deutsche Welle
Tags: Art, Japan, People, Turrell, Salgado, Murcutt

Mirga’s Successor At The City Of Birmingham Symphony Has Been Chosen

And it’s sort of an internal hire: in April 2023, Kazuki Yamada, a 42-year-old from Japan who’s been the orchestra’s principal guest conductor for three years, will succeed fast-rising Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (and, before her, Andris Nelsons and Simon Rattle) as the CBSO’s chief conductor. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Music, Japan, Simon Rattle, CBSO, Mirga Gražinytė Tyla, Andris Nelsons, Mirga, Kazuki Yamada

Yayoi Kusama pumpkin sculpture washed into sea by Japan storm

Experts consider possibility of rebuilding artist’s work, which was swept off a pier near NaoshimaExperts are determining whether it is possible to reconstruct one of Japan’s most recognisable works of modern art after it was badly damaged during a recent tropical storm.The sculpture, a giant black and yellow polka-dotted pumpkin by the celebrated artist Yayoi Kusama, has stood at the end of a pier on the “art island” of Naoshima in the Seto inland sea since 1994. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Japan, World news, Asia Pacific, Sculpture, Yayoi Kusama, Naoshima

The Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books

I just started taking an online course through FutureLearn – The Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books. The course is three weeks long and it’s free! It’s been a while since I mentioned how much I love Japan. I visited the country five years ago and it feels like yesterday. The photo below is of a studio I visited in Echizen, a papermaking village. You can watch a video of these skilled women at work here. When I found out about the course, I immediately felt all warm and fuzzy inside. Pape...
Tags: Art, Books, Japan, Class, Paper, Bookbinding, Book Arts, Elissa, PAPERMAKING, Echizen, Echizen Hosho

Form & Function From Afar

I have been remiss in mentioning the amazing online conference that was put on by Book Paper Thread last month – Form & Function From Afar. From February 18 – 20, there were presentations, demonstrations, a virtual book and paper fair, and lots of opportunities for registrants to meet and learn from each other. And it was all free! I attended all the presentations/demonstrations and all of them were fantastic. Here’s who did what: Preparing Book Boards for Conservation Treatment with Noah Smutz...
Tags: Art, Books, Japan, Education, Georgia, Paper, Conference, Bookbinding, Letterpress, Book Arts, Printmaking, Book Artists, Elissa, Suzanne Moore, Afar, Artists' Books

Industrial Design Student Work: The Tension-Based Boaz Stool

This Boaz stool is a collaborative ID student project from Aram Pundak of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Israel and Rabea Gebler of Germany's University of Applied Design in Schwäbisch Gmünd."A wooden stool, carved by CNC machine, held together by tension."We chose to replace the beams of the stool with wires connecting the legs and the locking mechanism. "The connection between the bayonet system and seat create tension that is locking the stool all together. The weight of the sitter ...
Tags: Japan, Design, Germany, Israel, Furniture Design, CNC, Boaz, Bezalel Academy of Art, Boaz Stool, Aram Pundak, Rabea Gebler, University of Applied Design, Gebler, Pundak

Five Suggestions for Cutting Down on Disposables While Hosting a Barbecue

I recently hosted a socially-distanced outdoor barbecue for 12 people. (The Delta protocols were a hassle, but I'll save that story for another entry.) Group gatherings can generate a lot of garbage, which the wife and I were keen to avoid. So while stocking up at a local store, we made some alternative purchasing decisions in order to host a greener event. 1) Use Mason jars for drinkware. Rather than reaching for the red Solo cups, we picked up a 12-pack of Mason jars. Prior to the event, we wr...
Tags: Japan, Design, Sustainability, Delta, Sharpie, Don, Mason, Hefty

Studio. O. creates minimalist oasis in the heart of Warsaw

Even the smallest space should feel like home, so while planning a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city, this project focused on giving a small apartment a big aesthetic and natural appeal. This was achieved through multiple cultural influences, a passion for connecting indoor with outdoor spaces and redefining what the space can provide. Located in the heart of Warsaw, this home invites a peaceful minimalist lifestyle with all the comforts of a larger place. With just over 300 square...
Tags: Japan, Design, Aga, Warsaw

"What is there to say about an art exhibition that is closed to the public? We can wrestle theoretically with whether art requires a physical viewer to be fully realized...

"... but there is nothing abstract about art going unseen that is still resolutely there: just as carefully preserved, hung with the same meticulous precision, thoughtfully interpreted by unread wall text, and in the dark, behind locked doors. And yet, 'Painting Edo,' the ambitious jewel of an exhibition currently on view for no one at the Harvard Art Museum, is perhaps arguably experiencing its most historically authentic moment in the strangeness of ours. Because to fully understand the signi...
Tags: Art, Japan, Law, History, Viral Video, Harvard Art Museum, Ann Althouse, Seen And Unseen, Coronavirus, Edo Japan Tamar Avishai Painting Edo, Tamar Avishai

As The Movie ‘Spirited Away’ Turns Twenty, An Evaluation Of How It Changed Animation

The movie made animation a legitimate genre in Japan, and set up young girls as true heroines in their own lives. – Time Magazine
Tags: Art, Japan, Media, 07.20.21

"Giant Balloon Face Floats Over Tokyo/The eerie aerial piece was created by the artist collective 目 ("Mé") and features an anonymous face chosen from over 1,000 submissions...."

"The work has been met with a mixed reception, ranging from humor to more subversive interpretations. Some have likened Mé’s piece to The Hanging Balloons, a story by the Japanese horror mangaka Junji Ito in which floating heads with metal nooses set out to kill their human doppelgangers."Hypoallergenic reports. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Art, Japan, Law, Balloons, Tokyo, Me, Ann Althouse, Junji Ito

Artist uses Google street view to find interesting small buildings to draw

Angela Hoa's drawings of Japanese cafes and storefronts capture what I love about walking in Tokyo – the signs, the plants, the colors, the eccentricity. Check out her Instagram to see her work. She also teaches a class on how to do what she does and I'm tempted to take it. — Read the rest
Tags: Google, Art, Post, Japan, News, Tokyo, ProCreate, Angela Hoa

An Introduction to Japanese Kabuki Theatre, Featuring 20th-Century Masters of the Form (1964)

The English language has adopted kabuki as an adjective, applied to situations where exaggerated appearances and performances are everything. Business, politics, media: name any realm of modernity, and the myriad ways in which its affairs can turn kabuki will spring to mind. A highly stylized form of dance-drama originating in the seventeenth century, it continues to stand today as a pillar of classical Japanese culture — and indeed, according to UNESCO, one piece of the Intangible...
Tags: Facebook, Japan, Film, College, Theatre, Dance, Unesco, Shakespeare, Seoul, Bard, Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, Colin Marshall, Ichikawa, 21st Century Los Angeles, Facebook An Introduction

Toyko’s Olympics Architecture Is Not About A Wow Factor

Why? “Yoshiharu Tsukamoto of Atelier Bow-Wow, one of Japan’s livelier practices, has objected that ‘we independent artists are banned and totally deleted from the list of the designers.'” – The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK)
Tags: Art, Japan, UK, Toyko, Visual, 07.18.21, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto

Hiroshige, Master of Japanese Woodblock Prints, Creates a Guide to Making Shadow Puppets for Children (1842)

Even if the name Utagawa Hiroshige doesn’t ring a bell, “Hiroshige” by itself probably does. And on the off chance that you’ve never heard so much as his mononym, you’ve still almost certainly glimpsed one of his portrayals of Tokyo — or rather, one of his portrayals of Edo, as the Japanese capital, his hometown, was known during his lifetime. Hiroshige lived in the 19th century, the end of the classical period of ukiyo-e, the art of woodblock-printed “pictures of the floating world.” In that...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, History, United States, Tokyo, Seoul, Gretel, Jim Henson, Edo, Utagawa Hiroshige, Colin Marshall, Lotte Reiniger, Hiroshige, 21st Century Los Angeles

‘The Lighthouse’ is Opening in Japan, and Acclaimed Horror Manga Artist Junji Ito Drew Some Awesome Promotional Art

In what seems like a Mad Libs conjured straight from my subconscious, acclaimed horror manga artist Junji Ito drew an 8-page manga summary of A24’s black-and-white masterpiece in madness, The Lighthouse. The film was slated for release in Japan in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed the release to July 2021. The film stars Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson as lighthouse keepers, or “wickies,” who become trapped together after a vicious storm. The Lighthouse is full of surreal imagery. Di...
Tags: Art, Comics, Japan, Movies, Horror, Robert Pattinson, A24, Lighthouse, Eggers, ITO, Willem Dafoe, Robert Eggers, The Lighthouse, Junji Ito, Tomie, Quibi

Modular construction: Using Lego-like blocks to build structures of the future

Modular construction involves building the components of a habitable structure in a factory, and then assembling those components on-site.The history of modular construction stretches back centuries, and it became briefly popular in the U.S. after World War II, but it's never quite caught on.Construction firms like iMod Structures, which constructs buildings that can be modified and relocated, may soon change that.Modular construction is on the rise. Once a marginal sector focused on building a...
Tags: Japan, Design, California, Mexico, China, Environment, Sustainability, Development, Cities, Architecture, South Africa, New Jersey, Innovation, New Zealand, Ikea, Fast Company

Do You Know About Virtual YouTube?

A virtual YouTube is a channel that follows an animated or virtual character instead of a real-life person. These virtual YouTubers (VTubers for short) first became popular in Japan in the mid-2010s, and now have spread around the world. – Slate
Tags: Art, Japan, Media, 06.10.21

The Art of Creating a Bonsai: One Year Condensed Condensed Into 22 Mesmerizing Minutes

To be a good writer, one must be a good reader. This is made true by the need to absorb and assess the work of other writers, but even more so by the need to evaluate one’s own. Writing is re-writing, to coin a phrase, and effective re-writing can only follow astute re-reading. This condition applies to other arts and crafts as well: take bonsai, the regarding of which constitutes a skill in and of itself. To craft an aesthetically pleasing miniature tree, one must first be able to see a...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, Nature, Seoul, Barnes, Bucky Barnes, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles

Download 1,000+ Beautiful Woodblock Prints by Hiroshige, the Last Great Master of the Japanese Woodblock Print Tradition

For 200 years, beginning in the 1630s, Japan closed itself off from the world. In its capital of Edo the country boasted the largest city in existence, and among its population of more than a million not a single one was foreign-born. “Practically the only Europeans to have visited it were a handful of Dutchmen,” writes professor of Japanese history Jordan Sand in a new London Review of Books piece, “and so it would remain until the mid-19 th century. No foreigners were permitted to live or tr...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, College, History, Tokyo, Seoul, Nagasaki, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Mount Fuji, Edo, Hokusai, London Review of Books, Utagawa Hiroshige, Colin Marshall

Download 1,000+ Beautiful Woodblock Prints by Hiroshige, the Last Great Master of the Woodblock Print Tradition

For 200 years, beginning in the 1630s, Japan closed itself off from the world. In its capital of Edo the country boasted the largest city in existence, and among its population of more than a million not a single one was foreign-born. “Practically the only Europeans to have visited it were a handful of Dutchmen,” writes professor of Japanese history Jordan Sand in a new London Review of Books piece, “and so it would remain until the mid-19 th century. No foreigners were permitted to live or tr...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, Japan, College, History, Tokyo, Seoul, Nagasaki, Minneapolis Institute Of Art, Mount Fuji, Edo, Hokusai, London Review of Books, Utagawa Hiroshige, Colin Marshall

What Makes the Art of Bonsai So Expensive?: $1 Million for a Bonsai Tree, and $32,000 for Bonsai Scissors

During the past year’s stretches of time at home, quite a few of us have attempted to introduce more plant life into our surroundings. By some accounts, indoor gardening ranks among the most cost-effective ways of increasing the quality of one’s domestic life. But those of us who get too deep into it (aggressive pursuit of interests being a known characteristic of Open Culture readers) may find themselves getting more than they bargained for, or at any rate paying more than they intended...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Japan, College, Seoul, Osaka, Yamamoto, Colin Marshall, 21st Century Los Angeles, Chieko Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Hiraka, Masakazu Yoshikawa, Hiraka, Bonsai Scissors

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