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image image Inspirational Beauty at the Yamatane
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Lucy Birmingham
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Across the world, from atrocities in Syria to mass shootings in the U.S., images of violence and tragedy dominate our media coverage. There's plenty to feel down about, and escaping the negative news onslaught seems an impossible task. And yet, a respite does exist in Japan at this time of year. The New Year is when museums, temples, shrines and other institutions throughout the country place auspicious and inspirational imagery on view. One such venue is the Yamatane Museum of Art in Hiroo, Tokyo, where a 50th-anniversary exhibition is inducing smiles and inspiring thoughts of strength and beauty. more...

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image image Rediscovering a Modern Master of Japanese Architecture: Takamasa Yosizaka
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James Lambiasi
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The postwar construction boom in Japan was a time of prolific achievements among Japanese architects, many of whom were considered "modern masters" for their pioneering designs. A select number of these architects became well known internationally, and interest in the history of their works needs no extra promotion. Other architects, on the other hand, have a bit more obscure place within Japanese architectural history and consequently need a bit more attention in order to discover their significance. more...

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image image Iron Man: Isamu Wakabayashi at the Fuchu Art Museum
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Alan Gleason
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A first encounter with the oeuvre of Isamu Wakabayashi (1936-2003) leaves one flailing for the words and concepts to makes sense of it. The multifaceted artist, best known for his work as a sculptor, was generous in articulating his aesthetic philosophy through numerous essays. But like many geniuses, he created, and lived in, his own intellectual world -- one that seems, even after viewing his work firsthand, impervious to comprehension by us lesser mortals. more...

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