Take the train from Tokyo’s Kitasenju-station, about 80 minutes North-East up to Gunma Prefecture, and you will arrive at Ota station. In front of Ota station’s North Exit is the newly opened Ota Art Museum & Library.
Waking up early can be tough, especially if you’re a recent graduate who is new to the 9-to-5 shift. Sometimes you just keep hitting that snooze button over and over. But if you live in Japan, you’re in luck because a new service will have Japanese fisherman call you bright and early from the high seas. Now if that doesn’t get your day going, I don’t know what will.
Back in 2011 when photographer Akihito Yoshida visited his cousin living in a small rural town in Miyazaki prefecture, he discovered a very special relationship. The younger cousin, born in 1990, was living with and caring for his Grandmother, born in 1928. With over 60 years between them, they had done everything together. The grandmother had been there for every important day. “I grew up basking in the love of my grandmother, so it’s only normal that I care for her until her death,” the cousin told Yoshida.
In Japanese folklore there exists a beast-like deity called the Namahage. It can be found all over Japan, taking on different appearances and even names depending on the region. Although harmless, it exists to scare those who are lazy or wrongdoing out of their bad habits. Inspired by this tradition, media artist Etsuko Ichihara decided to create a modern-day version of the Namahage specifically for Tokyo, and unleash in onto the streets of Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara.
Toshihiko Hosaka began making sand sculptures in art school and has been using beaches and sand boxes as his canvas for almost 20 years. His work defies what we typically think of as sand art as he sculpts and carves the loose, granular substance as if it were some malleable form of clay.
There is no core, mold or adhesive ever used throughout the process: just sand. The only trick Hosaka uses (and this is commonly accepted) is a hardening spray applied to his sculpture only after it’s been completed, in order to prevent wind and sun from eroding it for a few days.
Ever stumble upon a beautiful leaf or flower and wish you could freeze it in time, keeping it forever without it withering away? That was the idea behind Sola Cubes, one Japanese designer’s creation that would showcase the wonder and beauty of mother nature by preserving them in acrylic cubes.
If you’ve ever traveled through Haneda Airport you’ll know that it’s one of the most enjoyable travel experiences – clean, carefree and utterly traveler-friendly. So just when I thought Haneda couldn’t get any better, they’ve begun adding revamped Power Lounges, the first of which opened last month.
“It’s like an aurora of the seas.” That was the impression many lucky nighttime beach-goers had last night in Japan when a large bloom of Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as sea sparkle, invaded the shore of Yuigahama, a beach in Japan’s coastal city of Kamakura.
I don’t own a single item from Comme Des Garcons, Rei Kawakubo’s fashion label that means “like some boys” in French. I’ve been inside the Aoyama flagship store a handful of times but always felt out of place. But I just went to the Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition on Rei Kawakubo, which opened today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and now I really want to go shopping.