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Back Issue -2 June 2014-
The Classical Beauties of Ukiyo-e
Christopher Stephens

Like Impressionist paintings and ancient Egyptian relics, ukiyo-e prints are such a constant presence in Japanese museums that it is easy to forget how truly compelling they are. The unique joys and wonders of ukiyo-e are immediately apparent in the Sekai wo miryo shita Yamato nadeshiko: Ukiyo-e bijin-cho (Yamato Nadeshiko Who Charmed the World: A Collection of Ukiyo-e Beauties) exhibition, running through mid-June at the Ashiya City Museum of Art & History near Kobe. more...

Training Passion: The Hara Model Railway Museum
Lucy Birmingham
What do rock star Rod Stewart, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, and Walt Disney all have in common? No, not music, pontificating, or cartoons, but a lifelong passion for trains, and their miniature versions. Train mania, it's said, crosses all borders, leans toward boys of all ages, and is often powered by a love of mechanics and travel. Japan's best-known aficionado -- 95-year-old model train creator and collector Nobutaro Hara -- fits the profile to a "T." more...
Spiritual Worlds at the Photography Museum
Alan Gleason

As art-show themes go, "spirituality" is sort of a no-brainer. Art is, after all, expected to be a direct conduit to the soul, and for many of us the craving for a bit of spiritual uplift, maybe even the occasional satori-like epiphany, is what draws us to museums and galleries. In terms of content, Western art has always been heavy on Biblical scenes and overtly religious themes in general. What, then, might an exhibition of photographic art about spirituality, Japan-style, entail? more...

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