The Butohkan in Kyoto is one of the few venues where you can see live Butoh performances every week and what you see may shock but also engage you.
October 7, 2016
Interested in art? Nature? or Both? There is a perfect trip for you: Setouchi Triennale. An outdoor contemporary art exhibition, Setouchi Triennale, which was launched in 2010, is held for its third time, this year, on the islands of Setouchi in south-western part of Japan. More information just a click away!
August 20, 2016
Like many art forms, wagashi making is an effort of practice and instructions, two things you can experience yourself in some of Japan’s most renowned wagashi shops. In Kyoto you have the chance to do make tradition with your own hands at Kanshundo Honten.
July 20, 2016
My lungs thanked me as fresh air flooded my insides. Sun rays caressed my face, and droplets of water sprayed my hair as my head strained to glimpse Sakushima. The ferry ride was approximately 25 minutes long, from Isshiki Ferry Port.
July 9, 2016
Aore Nagaoka is a masterpiece structure based on art and convenience. Designed by world-renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, it’s no wonder that this government office has become a tourist destination. It does not only serve aesthetic purposes but effectively caters to the needs of both locals and tourists. Every detail speaks not only of beauty but also function.
June 29, 2016
Japan has a diverse art scene that spans far beyond stereotypes. There is a market for everything. Those opportunities exist in busy metropolitan cities but also in smaller cities and less-well-known prefectures. I recently interviewed an American artist who is originally from Minnesota. She lives in Gifu City and has been commissioned, sold, and continues exhibiting far and wide.
June 22, 2016
Are you looking for a very unique item to bring back from your trip to Japan? Maybe you want something less common than green tea and geta. Perhaps you want something to show off to your friends back home? Are you tired of ubiquitous goods from the 100 yen shop? Maybe you want a souvenir that you will never forget. Well then, perhaps you are ready for a Japanese…tattoo!
June 15, 2016
Art museum Rakusui-tei, meaning “enjoying the vivid green of jade”, is a unique setting, incorporating art and architecture in the aesthetics of a serene Japanese garden in the flow of the seasons.
June 8, 2016
Yokohama area is full of interesting and not-so-known spots, at least to tourists. One of such areas is the one by the Ooka River, between Hinodecho (日ノ出町), which means city of the sunrise, and Koganecho (黄金町),which means the town of gold.
May 25, 2016
I live in Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolis, but my home is in the western region. Most tourists focus their attention on the busier areas like Ginza, Akihabara, Shibuya, or Shinjuku, but do not know of the many exciting places in western Tokyo along the Keio Line. For your next Tokyo vacation, here is are my top 15 fun recommendations in western Tokyo. Enjoy!
May 25, 2016
The world-famous PIXAR Exhibition is in town and there's a little over one week left to go see it. Originating at the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2005 (to celebrate the 20th anniversary), this exhibit has toured the world since to rapturous reviews. Here in Tokyo it will mark PIXAR's 30th year and therefore features some never-before-seen pieces. Currently being held at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT) in Kita-ku, the legendary exhibit is in its final days here in Tokyo so go now before it's too late.
May 23, 2016
The chisel in his hands is delicate and sharp. It is used to remove slices of wood. As he works meticulously, to chip away the pieces and to transform branches and tree trunks into a variety of traditional sculptures, he stops for a moment, and removes his glasses. Oiwa- san points to a tree trunk in the corner of his wood carving studio and begins to tell a story about this specific piece of wood and his good fortune to acquire it.
May 11, 2016
The 'Traditional Culture and Performing Arts Experience Program for Foreigners’ is a great chance to try different aspects of Japanese culture in a friendly environment, at little or no cost.
April 29, 2016
If you’re a craft and DIY enthusiast, Japan is the right place to visit. Ideas are abundance and resources seem to be limitless. Find anything that you need for your latest craft project, whether it is sewing, knitting, leather work, decoupage, or painting.
April 18, 2016