Japanese classic illuminated at the Met.Read more
Works from one of the finest private collections of Japanese baskets and bamboo sculpture, many never before seen in public, are the focus of an exhibition at The Met Museum. Collected by long-time New York residents Diane and Arthur Abbey, the objects date from the 19th century to the present and are due to enter the museum's collection. Find out more on the exhibition website and view an installation time lapse video below.
The new trailer for cult director Wes Anderson's stop-motion animation film Isle of Dogs looks promising. When the corrupt mayor of Megasaki City exiles all canine pets to a vast rubbish dump called Trash Island, a boy called Atari sets off alone in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire city.
In a short story by Mandy-Suzanne Wong, a woman freediving off the coast of a fictional Japanese village has a transformative experience which hints at profound personal consequences.Read more
Influential post-World War Two architecture of the island nation in focus at the Barbican.Read more
In rural Japan the passage of the year is marked by several festivals. Elaborate outfits, crafted from textiles and materials from the natural environment, are worn by people in agricultural and fishing communities to celebrate seasonal rites of fertility and abundance. There are also rituals for longevity, prosperity and warding off misfortune, where spirit ‘visitors’ believed to come from the sea, the mountains and the sky are welcomed into communities across the Japanese archipelago.
Yokainoshima (literally 'island of monsters') explores the extraordinary ranges of masks, costumes and characters that reappear with each returning season. Charles Fréger's captivating collection is the product of extensive research; working with a Japanese assistant, the photographer spent two years journeying across the country. Fréger's portraits are framed with essays written by Toshiharu Ito and Akihiro Hatanaka, specialists in Japanese folk culture and anthropology, which set the huge variety of eclectic clothing in ethnographic context.
Yokainoshima is published by Thames & Hudson.
In the town of Arita on the Japanese island of Kyushu, the Kakiemon kiln has been producing a special kind of porcelain for four hundred years. To this day, the kiln operates a traditional Japanese workshop system, with succession based on the oldest son inheriting and sustaining the brand and workshop. An exhibition at the British Museum is now exploring the creation process behind this remarkable craft.
The Japanese word ‘Tsundoky’ probably describes the homes of many an Island Review reader. It refers to the act of buying books, only to let them pile up on the floor like mini tower blocks, the unvisited homes of a community of characters you will never get to know.
A recent arrival on the Japanese literary scene, the bookshop Morioka Shoten, is encouraging its patrons to follow a new way of doing things, one which chimes with the Zen cultural aura of the island nation. The message is simple: you only need one book at a time, so Morioka Shoten will only sell one book at any one time. Read more in the Guardian.
Forget majestic landscapes drenched in blissed-out hues, what you really need to be an Instagram hit these days is a gift for knitting and photogenic granny. This is the winning formula behind Japanese artist Chinami Mori hitting megastar status on the popular photo sharing site.
Mori crafts dazzling garments in the traditional Japanese weaving style Saori. Her creations are then modelled by her delightful granny Emiko, who hangs out in her studio most days. Always ready to strike the perfect pose, she has taken the internet by storm.
It is a most joyous pairing – find out more on the Instagram blog.
Jack Cooke goes in search of a Japanese sailer who drowned almost one hundred years ago in the waters off Hoy, in Orkney.Read more
For six months conceptual artist Camilla Wordie shot photographs of interiors and the cityscape of Tokyo themed around order of form, tone and line.Read more
A gallery of images from the island of Aoshima in Southern Japan, where cats outnumber humans by six to one.Read more
"Japan has a knack for exporting itself and its goods to the rest of the world", says Peter Hoskin in a recent article for the Spectator.Read more
Nō and kyōgen, the most ancient performing art traditions of Japan, are the subject of the dazzling current exhibition at the New South Wales Art Gallery.Read more