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Back Issue -1 July 2013-
Reviving Islands through Art: The Setouchi Triennale
Lucy Birmingham
"I'm sure you want to eventually reach paradise, but assume it'll be after you die," says billionaire art patron Soichiro Fukutake. "My dream," he adds, "is to create paradise while we're still alive." Indeed he has, I think with a smile, as I recall my recent trip to the 2013 Setouchi Triennale, a contemporary art festival he is quietly supporting with his personal fortune and foundation. Unique among art events, it is aimed at reviving the aging and depopulating local communities that host it. more...
"Even in Utopia, I Am There"
Nicolai Kruger
The Musashino Art University Museum & Library by architect Sou Fujimoto was completed in 2010. Located on the lush grounds of the university's Kodaira campus, it is on the must-see list for aspiring architects visiting greater Tokyo. The new library was built adjacent to the former library building, which, as part of the project, has been refurbished and now serves as the university's art museum. more...
Getting Oriented at the Toyo Bunko Museum
Alan Gleason
Toyo Bunko, a.k.a. The Oriental Library, is a Tokyo institution that may be better known overseas than in its home country. Japan's oldest and largest Asian studies research library, it ranks with such august entities as the British Library and the Harvard-Yenching Institute and Library as one of the world's top five centers of East Asian studies. more...
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Reviving Islands through Art: The Setouchi Triennale
Lucy Birmingham
1 July 2013
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"Even in Utopia, I Am There"
Nicolai Kruger
1 July 2013
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Getting Oriented at the Toyo Bunko Museum
Alan Gleason
1 July 2013
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Taro Okamoto: The Shamanism
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Fine Prints: Kumi Sugai and Takesada Matsutani at the Ashiya City Museum of Art & History
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Space-Time Continuums by Kenichi Sawaki at the Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
Susan Rogers Chikuba
3 Jun 2013
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That Was the Year That Was: Japanese Photography in 1968
Alan Gleason
3 Jun 2013
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Yuki Katsura: A Fable
3 Jun 2013
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