Yokoyama Taikan, the Painter of Modern Japan is 150 Years Old
"Gunjo Fuji", around 1917, Taikan Yokoyama, Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art
The current retrospective at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto is celebrating the one hundred and fifty years anniversary of the birth of the prolific painter Taikan Yokoyama, one of the key figures of modern Japanese art, recognised during his lifetime as an artist who subverted the norm and changed opinion.
Having graduated from the Tokyo School of Fine Arts, Yokoyama began working under his mentor, the critic Tenshin Okakura at the Academy of Fine Arts with Okakura encouraging his pupils to find ways of representing a general atmosphere. Together the two contributed to the emergence of nihonga, which litteraly means Japanese drawing, a movement which aided the subtle modernisation of traditional painting. Working principally with ink, Yokoyama accorded a particular significance to pigmentation. Lines and forms fade away to allow a harmony of colours and a spirituality within his compositions, giving way to the subtlety of a modern Japan which was emerging.
Important Cultural Property "Metempsychosis" (part), 1923, Taikan Yokoyama, The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo
"Yozakura", 1929, Taikan Yokoyama, Okura Museum of Art
"Koyo", 1931, Taikan Yokoyama, Adachi Museum of Art
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.