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Back Issue -1 February 2012-
Sublime Harmonies: Bunkyo's Trove of Mechanical Music
Susan Rogers Chikuba
"Why travel around so glum and so blue when you can jolly up for a nickel or two?" So beckons the coin-operated, early 20th-century Hexaphone on display in the cafe of the Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. Made in the U.S. by Regina Co. of Rahway, New Jersey, this phonograph's proud claim to fame is the advanced storage capacity suggested by its name: it offered the patrons of bars and other places where it was installed as many as six songs to choose from. more...
Wajiro Kon, On Collecting
Nicolai Kruger
Wajiro Kon, Lecture on Collecting at the Shiodome Museum in Shinbashi, Tokyo is a retrospective of Kon's wide-ranging work as an architect, artist, statistician, and observer of his changing world. His sketches and surveys documented the lives of people in urban and rural Japan during the 20th century. more...
Muses for Each Other: Shoeita and Hoshime Kikuchi
Alan Gleason
The broad sweep of the southern slopes of Yatsugatake, an ancient volcanic massif on the Nagano-Yamanashi border in central Honshu, offers vistas of wide-open space that most visitors would not associate with Japan. The pristine alpine environment and relative proximity to Tokyo (only two hours by express) have long made this area a favorite retreat from the capital for urban artists, but it also boasts many homegrown talents. more...
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