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.

A Zigzag Tour Of The Modern Art Masters

A zigzag tour of the modern art mastersThe exhibition “Masterpieces from the Centre Pompidou: Timeline 1906-1977” on view through late September at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum is different from many of the other exhibitions of French modern and contemporary art we have seen over the years in two important ways, and both can be read from the show’s on-point title.

Kumamon Makes A Big Impression On Paddy Field

Kumamon makes a big impression on paddy fieldBeloved Kumamoto Prefecture mascot Kumamon has found its niche in Japanese culture, and now the popular bear has made its mark on the land, too.
Kumamon’s image, often seen on cuddly toys and T-shirts, has now appeared in a paddy field on the north side of JR Shin-Tamana Station here, to the delight of passengers and passers-by.

Dozens Of Dollhouses Throw Open Doors At Hakone Museum

Dozens of dollhouses throw open doors at Hakone museumA community of some of the tiniest houses in the world has been created at the foot of Japan’s tallest peak, Mount Fuji.
The popular tourist destination of Hakone, southwest of Tokyo, known for its hot springs, is also famous for being home to many small museums of peculiar private collections of all sort of things.