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image image Art Censorship: Whose Problem Is This?
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Lucy Birmingham
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Art and politics can make strange bedfellows at either public or private art institutions. The test for both is allowing artists' work to speak to controversial issues, regardless of funding sources. Two important exhibitions in Tokyo are currently spotlighting politically sensitive issues -- education and war -- and in the process are testing the reputation of the respective museums. more...

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image image No Fire This Time: Kawagoe's Kurazukuri Museum
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Michael Pronko
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The city of Kawagoe, an hour outside of Tokyo, boasts one of Japan's first fireproof business districts. After numerous conflagrations burned down its bustling merchant storehouse zone, Kawagoe built itself back up to withstand disaster. It is well worth the train ride to Kawagoe and its fascinating Kurazukuri Museum to find out just how they did that, and did it so beautifully. more...

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image image Never a Dull Moment: Momoyama Art at the Idemitsu
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Alan Gleason
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The Momoyama period is hard to pin down. Scholars differ over when it started -- with Oda Nobunaga's entry into Kyoto in 1568, or his overthrow of the last Ashikaga shogun in 1573? -- and ended -- with Toyotomi Hideyoshi's death in 1598, or the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600? Tokugawa Ieyasu's founding of a new shogunate at Edo in 1603, or the fall of Osaka Castle and the last of the Toyotomis in 1615? more...

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Art Censorship: Whose Problem Is This?
Lucy Birmingham
1 September 2015
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No Fire This Time: Kawagoe's Kurazukuri Museum
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Never a Dull Moment: Momoyama Art at the Idemitsu
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