Tsune Nakamura Atelier Museum 新宿区立中村彝アトリエ記念館

While writing about Ikebukuro’s post-WW2 black market, I learned about the arts movements that thrived west of Ikebukuro station prior to World War II. There were so many artists that the term Ikebukuro Montparnasse 池袋モンパルナス was coined, an obvious reference to the Bohemian Parisian neighborhood. Other terms include “Nagasaki Atelier Village 長崎アトリエ村” and “Sakuragaoka Parthenon” さくらが丘パルテノン, which were concentrations of artists’ studios, as…

Tokyo Tower mist 東京

Thirty-six views of Tokyo Tower 東京タワー三十六景

Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji 富嶽三十六景 is a series of large, color woodblock prints by the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾 北斎.  Its most famous image, The Great Wave off Kanagawa 神奈川沖浪裏 is known throughout the world.  This blog entry, Thirty-six Views of Tokyo Tower 東京タワー三十六景,  will not become known throughout the world, but it…

METABOLISM: (not) like a cancer grows – artistic expression as alternative success narrative 芸術表現

“Buildings and cities should be designed and developed in the same continuous way that the material substance of a natural organism is produced.” – Metabolism “Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. Cancerous cells are also called malignant cells.” – National Institutes for Health I. A man, a plan, a canal…

(a picture’s worth a thousand words) 百聞は一見に如かず, a Kawasaki sanpo

I.     What’s in Kawasaki? Three times at work today I was met with blank stares when mentioning my weekend visit to Kawasaki 川崎市, an industrial city probably overlooked by most travelers (and Tokyo natives) as they head south from Tokyo to Yokohama.  The wide and occasionally flood-prone Tama River 多摩川 (Tamagawa) acts as a physical…

This is a soul shake これを魂振りという: Doctor Atomic Symphony & Symphony No. 6 “Hiroshima”

    Went to see a pair of unusual musical performance recently: the Japanese premier of the “Doctor Atomic Symphony” by John Adams (adapted from the opera of the same name), and Symphony No. 6 “Hiroshima” 交響曲第6番「HIROSHIMA」 (1985) by Ikuma Dan 團 伊玖磨.  About the latter piece, it is difficult to find online information, even…