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Back Issue -1 October 2015-
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image image A Forest Grows in Otemachi
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Susan Rogers Chikuba
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When the real-estate firm Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. and architecture giant Taisei Corporation first announced detailed development plans for Otemachi Tower in the heart of Tokyo's financial district, their greening proposal seemed almost utopian: a biodiverse forest of some 200 deciduous and evergreen trees and a ground cover of ferns, grasses, and wildflowers? more...

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image image It's No Game: The Manga * Anime * Games from Japan Exhibition
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Christopher Stephens
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Osamu Tezuka's influence on Japanese anime and manga has proven to be enduring and pervasive. So much that the Astro Boy creator's death in 1989 is now viewed as the dividing line between two distinct historical periods, just as Emperor Hirohito's death, one month before Tezuka's, marks the end of the Showa era and the beginning of Heisei. In the intervening 25 years or so, manga, anime, and games have continued to evolve both technically and artistically, increasingly informing and overlapping with each other. more...

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image image Still Lifes on the Funky Side: Daisuke Fukunaga at the Tomio Koyama Gallery
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Alan Gleason
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Old mops, old tires, discarded electric fans, bits of plastic street detritus, all quivering with life like tropical underwater plants and painted with a lush, psychedelic palette . . . At first glance these appear to be gritty urban snapshots channeled through Salvador Dali. But Daisuke Fukunaga is no surrealist. His subjects are real and inanimate, but he skillfully and enthusiastically imbues -- or maybe a better word is "infects" -- them with life. more...

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A Forest Grows in Otemachi
Susan Rogers Chikuba
1 October 2015
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It's No Game: The Manga * Anime * Games from Japan Exhibition
Christopher Stephens
1 October 2015
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Still Lifes on the Funky Side: Daisuke Fukunaga at the Tomio Koyama Gallery
Alan Gleason
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Artist File 2015 - Next Doors: Contemporary Art in Japan and Korea
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Risaku Suzuki: Stream of consciousness
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