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.
line (i.e. of text); row; verse; carya (austerities); samskara (formations); running script (a semi-cursive style of kanji)
going; travelling (traveling); district (of similar merchants); guild; epic
"SICF18 PLAY" photo by Katsuhiro Ichikawa
The Four Leaves Villa, The House That Mirrors Nature
Located in the heart of the Karuizawa forest in Japan, the Four Leaves Villa, designed by architecture studio Kias, blends into the landscape.
Masayo Fukuda’s Subtle and Delicate Art of Paper-Cutting
An octopus cut from a single piece of white paper. This fascinating work was one of the greatest successes of 2018 for its creator, Masayo Fukuda.
Japan is Giving Away Free Houses
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Japanese Art: a Major Influence on the Work of Monet
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