The runoff reservoir where “Bobbi Jo” was found was undoubtedly man-made. Its sides sloped at a steady angle and three of its lengths were ruler-straight. The fourth curved evenly around the border of a small […]
I often find myself in the position of being an apologist for Japan. I don’t want to be, but a conjuncture of factors often compels it. For one, after so much time there, I have […]
Japanese employs onomatopoeia more artfully than any language I’ve encountered. We have a number of words in English that phonetically resemble the thing they represent: sizzle, murmur, cuckoo. We’ve even inherited some from other languages. […]
I’m not sure how many folks realize that Hokusai’s great wave isn’t a painting. What the artist actually created was a set of carved blocks from which color prints could be made by a master […]
Tomiyuki Kaneko – “Yokai Sushi” Yokai is often translated as “ghost” or “monster” but it’s something closer to “supernatural being.” While yokai stories are properly classified as ghost stories, the creatures in them are not […]
Tadanori Yokoo, born in Nishiwaki, Japan, in 1936, is one of Japan’s most successful and internationally recognized graphic designers and artists. He began his career as a stage designer for avant garde theatre in Tokyo. […]
Continuing the themes I discussed in Macabre and Erotic Obsessions: Contemporary Japanese Illustration, the wonderfully elegant line work of Kotaro Chiba.