Mansai's Art Marks Setagaya Theater's 2 Decades

Mansai's art marks Setagaya theater's 2 decades

The Setagaya Public Theatre in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month as a pioneering venue for plays and dance performances with distinctive characteristics.

To commemorate the occasion, the theater started the month with the kyogen play "Tojin Zumo." Performers include professional kyogen actors such as Nomura Mansaku and Nomura Mansai, the artistic director of the theater, as well as people selected from the general public. A noh stage was built inside the venue for the program.

Court Rejects Appeals In Obscenity Case Over 'vagina Art'

Court rejects appeals in obscenity case over 'vagina art'

The Tokyo High Court on April 13 upheld a ruling that dismissed an obscenity charge related to "vagina art" but found the artist guilty of distributing obscene material.

Both prosecutors and the defendant, manga artist Megumi Igarashi, had appealed the district court ruling.

19th-century Photos Shed Light On Japan's Modernization

19th-century photos shed light on Japan's modernization

Photos of Japan's old capital with no high-rises and a kimono-clad samurai with a stern look are part of a rare collection being exhibited at a museum in Tokyo, shedding light on the early days of the country's modernization in the late 19th century.

Sigma Announces 14mm F1.8, 24-70mm F2.8 And 135mm F1.8 Art Lenses

Sigma announces 14mm F1.8, 24-70mm F2.8 and 135mm F1.8 Art lensesSigma has released a trio of its high-end 'Art' lenses: two primes and one zoom. All three are designed for full-frame Canon, Nikon and Sigma bodies.
The first is the ultra-wide 14mm F1.8 DG HSM, which Sigma claims is the 'world's first and only F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens.' The lens has 16 elements, three of which are FLD (low dispersion) and four are SLD (super-low-dispersion).

Miffy Creator Dick Bruna Fondly Remembered As Japanophile

Miffy creator Dick Bruna fondly remembered as JapanophileThe life and work of Dutch illustrator and author Dick Bruna, who passed away on Feb. 16, will no doubt be cherished in many different ways -- with the main one probably being his cartoon creation "Miffy."
However, it is also worth remembering that the man behind the globally renowned cartoon rabbit was a passionate Japanophile with a deep interest in the country's culture and current affairs.

The Louvre Presents Manga As Art

The Louvre presents manga as artAn exhibition featuring manga and bandes dessinees — or French graphic novels, called BD for short — is being held at Grand Front Osaka in Osaka.
The “Louvre No. 9” exhibition is a project undertaken by the Louvre Museum in Paris.

The Japanese Art Of Grieving A Miscarriage

The Japanese Art of Grieving a MiscarriageWhen we lived in Japan, my husband took me on a date to a cemetery. In his defense, it was a famous cemetery in an Ewok-worthy forest on Mount Koya known for gimmicky headstones in the shapes of rockets and coffee cups.
Yet they didn’t interest me as much as the hundreds of stone Jizo statues that lined the wooded paths. These small figurines dressed in red caps and bibs honor the souls of babies who are never born. Crowding their feet are toys and snacks left by parents to comfort their children in the afterlife. Sometimes a woman would turn away as we approached her on the path. Sometimes the flowers would still be fresh.

Realism Of Toyokuni Appealed Despite Sharaku

Realism of Toyokuni Appealed Despite SharakuUtagawa Toyokuni was born in 1769 and died in 1825 during the Edo Period in Japan. Sadly, despite producing elegant and stylish art he gave a rather negative comment about his artistic merits. Indeed, many art experts have wide opinions about Toyokuni. Therefore, his comment that “My pictures – they are merely something that I draw, and nothing more than that!” continue to plague the real beauty of his art if taken to the absolute.

St Petersburg Hosts The 7th Annual Lexus Hybrid Art Exhibition

ST Petersburg Hosts The 7th Annual Lexus Hybrid Art ExhibitionOn October 11th, 2016, St Petersburg’s Manege Central Exhibition Hall hosted the opening of the Lexus Hybrid Art exhibition, developed with artist Douglas Coupland and curator Marcelo Dantas, under the theme of ‘ANTICIPATION. Assembling the Future’. For the first time in its 7 year history, Russia’s main platform for hybrid art has moved to St Petersburg — Russia's cultural centre.

Bizarre But Cute Kobe Dolls Return To ‘haunt' Himeji Museum

Bizarre but cute Kobe dolls return to ‘haunt' Himeji museumKobe dolls are renowned for being bizarre but cute (“kimokawa”) and are even sometimes called "ghost dolls" as often they are used to represent such otherworldly spirits.
The creepy mechanical dolls date to the Meiji Era (1868-1912) but went into decline after the Great Hanshin Earthquake devastated the port city of Kobe in 1995.

New Role Eyed For Storied Palace In Kyoto's Nijo Castle

New role eyed for storied palace in Kyoto's Nijo CastleA planned makeover of historic Nijo Castle here could involve renting out the room where modern Japan came into being so international conferences can be held there.
The castle, a World Heritage site that was built in 1603 at the start of the Edo Period, played host to the last Tokugawa shogun as he handed over the reins of government to Emperor Meiji, thus ushering in the Meiji Restoration in 1868.