The New Wave of the Aoyama Contemporary Art Scene
"SICF18 EXHIBITION" photo by Katsuhiro Ichikawa
Spiral has long been the meeting place of wandering souls in the shady back streets of Tokyo’s Aoyama district. Even better, the building, completed in 1985 by architect Fumihiko Maki, has become the headquarters of cultural life in Tokyo.
An invitation to wander freely, the Spiral Independent Creators Festival (SICF) traditionally takes place during the Golden Week, a period of back-to-back bank holidays in Japan. This most recent nineteenth edition took place this year between April 29 and May 6, proving the occasion to explore the different practices of 172 artisans and craftspersons.
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going; travelling (traveling); district (of similar merchants); guild; epic
"SICF18 PLAY" photo by Katsuhiro Ichikawa
Pinku Eiga, the World of Erotic and Engaged Japanese Cinema
Pinku eiga (pink films), is a film genre that combines eroticism and violence and implicitly dissects the idiosyncrasies of Japanese society.
Ecological and Architectural Prowess at Memu Earth Hotel
The wide open surrounding spaces take centre stage, while innovative technologies are integrated into the cutting edge architecture.
A Book Exploring the Beauty of Japanese Gardens
British author Sophie Walker, also a keen horticulturalist, pays homage to Japanese gardens and their history in a new book, The Japanese Garden.
Japandi, Combining Scandinavian Minimalism and Japanese Aesthetics
The neutral tones and sober design of Japanese interiors complement the clean lines and natural materials found in Nordic style.
Photographic Immersion in a Rural Japanese Town
Featuring a documentary series and surrealist portraits, photographer Yoshiki Hase captures the residents of Ena, a little town in Japan.