Leading Tokyo Culinary School Spreading Art Of Washoku Across The Globe

Leading Tokyo culinary school spreading art of washoku across the globe

Gastronomy students from around the globe are learning how to master traditional Japanese cuisine -- known as "washoku" -- in Tokyo, with the added bonus that they can obtain a diploma from one of the world's most famous culinary schools.

Le Cordon Bleu launched a Japanese cuisine program at its Tokyo campus last month, four years after the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recognized washoku as an intangible cultural heritage, sparking increasing demands for Japanese cuisine in the global market.

Ex-smap Man Shingo Katori Unveils His Art For Cartier's Sake

Ex-SMAP man Shingo Katori unveils his art for Cartier's sake

Man of many talents Shingo Katori, formerly of male idol group SMAP, unveiled two artworks he produced for French luxury goods brand Cartier in Tokyo's Roppongi district.

Katori, 40, produced the artworks for the "Tank 100" limited-time gallery celebrating the opening of Cartier's new shop at the Roppongi Hills complex in the capital's Minato Ward on Oct. 28.

Bringing Together Unkei's Overwhelming Statues

Bringing together Unkei's overwhelming statues

By Taku Iwaki / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterVisitors to the current Unkei exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum probably feel overwhelmed when they find Buddhist statues on display, because they look realistic enough to give the impression that actual human figures are standing there. Works by Buddhist sculptor Unkei (?-1223) create a distinctive air, thanks to his outstanding sculptural expressions, particularly around the shoulder or waist of these figures.

"Unkei: The Great Master of Buddhist Sculpture" is one of the biggest exhibitions ever on the famous artist, bringing together 22 of the about 30 works known or thought to have been created by him. The event, held in connection with the ongoing reconstruction of the Central Golden Hall of Kofukuji temple in Nara, gives visitors an opportunity to admire over 70 works in total, which include those created by Unkei's father, Kokei, and Unkei's sons.

Traditional 'rokaku' Building Set Up For Art Fest In Ueno Park

Traditional 'rokaku' building set up for art fest in Ueno Park

A traditional "rokaku" lofty, multistory building has emerged from a pond at Ueno Park in Tokyo, offering visitors a nighttime illuminated spectacle and a bit of history.

Shinji Omaki, a professor of contemporary art at the Tokyo University of the Arts, built the structure, which imitates the gate of Kaneiji temple depicted in "ukiyo-e" woodblock prints.

Exploring Hokusai And The Artists He Inspired

Exploring Hokusai and the artists he inspired

By Mutsumi Morita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterDuring his visit to Norway, Claude Monet drew a series of 13 pictures of Mt. Kolsaas in different color tones. "I'm drawing pictures of a mountain as well," he wrote to his stepdaughter. "It reminds me of Fujiyama."

The impressionist appears to have had Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) in mind, as he owned works from the ukiyo-e artist's "Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji" and "One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji" series.

Art By Those With Disabilities Draws Increased Attention

Art by those with disabilities draws increased attention

By Mutsumi Morita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterOne member was working in an atelier, another in a dining hall and another in the garden. Their means of expression ranged from painting, sculpting and drawing manga to weaving and embroidering. Some remained focused on their own creations, while others were continually walking around the room.

Members of Kobo-Syu, a social work institute that provides day-care services for people with intellectual disabilities, were working on their creations at their own pace when The Yomiuri Shimbun visited. Established in 2002, the facility in Kawaguchi, Saitama Prefecture, is currently serving about 20 individuals.

Unesco Lists Ancient Japanese Monuments

UNESCO lists ancient Japanese monuments

UNESCO has added two proposals from Japan to its Memory of the World Register. They include a set of ancient stone monuments and historic records of visits by Korean envoys to Japan between the 17th and 19th centuries.

The "Three Stelae of Ancient Kozuke" were built in the 7th and 8th centuries in Takasaki City, which is located north of Tokyo in Gunma Prefecture.

Anime News: 'sword Art Online' Getting Two New Tv Adaptations

ANIME NEWS: 'Sword Art Online' getting two new TV adaptations

The globally popular "Sword Art Online" anime series will spawn two new TV shows based on story arcs from the original light novel series.

News of the two shows, titled "Sword Art Online: Alicization" and "Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online," was announced at a stage event during the Dengeki Bunko light novel imprint's fall festival on Oct. 1.

Noda Play Receives English Treatment

Noda play receives English treatment

By Takamichi Asakawa / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterHideki Noda's play "Omote ni Deroi!," which was highly acclaimed when first performed in the autumn of 2010, will soon be staged in an English version under the title "One Green Bottle." (The original Japanese title means "Get outta here!")

Noda directs the version and will play one of the three characters, alongside British actors Kathryn Hunter and Glyn Pritchard. It will run at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, starting on Wednesday.

Van Gogh Exhibition Underway In Tokyo

Van Gogh exhibition underway in Tokyo

Art lovers are visiting a special exhibition in Tokyo that focuses on the connection between the Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh and Japanese culture.

"Van Gogh & Japan" features about 40 works by the 19th-century artist as well as ukiyo-e woodprints and other materials.

Kabuki Actor Urges Foreign Fans To Savor Beauty Of Japanese Art Form

Kabuki actor urges foreign fans to savor beauty of Japanese art form

While words may be a barrier to fully understanding an artistic performance abroad, Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizo on Thursday urged spectators from overseas to enjoy the traditional Japanese art for the beauty of its "form."

"There is the language barrier. When I go abroad and watch performances there, even if I do not understand all the meaning, there is something that I can relate to," Ebizo said at Kabukiza Theatre during an event of the 30th Tokyo International Film Festival.

Yayoi Kusama Museum Opens, Sells Out

Yayoi Kusama Museum opens, sells out

By Mutsumi Morita / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff WriterA museum featuring the works of renowned avant-garde artist Yayoi Kusama, who gained worldwide fame through her use of motifs such as polka dots and pumpkins, opened Oct. 1 in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, with tickets already sold out for this year.

The Yayoi Kusama Museum offers tickets that are valid for 90-minute viewing sessions, with four time slots per day.