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Secret Garden: Photographer Yumiko Izu's Lyrical Prints
Susan Rogers Chikuba

If Yumiko Izu's black-and-white still lifes of flowers were to emit sound, it would be musical. As I took in her Secret Garden solo show, now running through July 31 at Tokyo's gallery bauhaus, in my mind her images -- full of life, kinetic rhythms, and harmonic contrasts -- were playing Vivaldi. more...

From the Vaults: The New National Archives of Modern Architecture
Nicolai Kruger
Until recently in Japan, there had not been an official system in place for conveying the academic, historical, and artistic value of the nation's modern architectural riches to the public and to future generations. The newly established National Archives of Modern Architecture, located on the grounds of the Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei Gardens in Yushima, central Tokyo, aims to promote public appreciation for works of modern architecture though outreach projects, exhibitions, and lectures. more...
A Grab-Bag of Installations: The Hakone Open-Air Museum "Meets Art"
Alan Gleason

For 45 years the Hakone Open-Air Museum has offered an idyllic mountainside setting through which to stroll and take in a sprawling assortment of outdoor sculptures -- mostly contemporary, often bemusing, but never boring. Since 2010 it has also sponsored an annual exhibition on another mountain -- Rokko, the ridge that rises behind the port city of Kobe -- that puts its bucolic ambience to good advantage framing installations that don't fit the usual definition of sculpture. more...

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Secret Garden: Photographer Yumiko Izu's Lyrical Prints
Susan Rogers Chikuba
1 July 2014
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From the Vaults: The New National Archives of Modern Architecture
Nicolai Kruger
1 July 2014
HERE/THERE
A Grab-Bag of Installations: The Hakone Open-Air Museum "Meets Art"
Alan Gleason
1 July 2014
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Nostalgia and Fantasy: Imagination and Its Origins in Contemporary Art
1 July 2014
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The Classical Beauties of Ukiyo-e
Christopher Stephens
2 June 2014
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Training Passion: The Hara Model Railway Museum
Lucy Birmingham
2 June 2014
HERE/THERE
Spiritual Worlds at the Photography Museum
Alan Gleason
2 June 2014
PICKS
Kineo Kuwabara's Photographs: Tokyo Sketches of 60 Years
2 June 2014
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