I find it difficult to answer the question “What is your favorite movie?” but not because I don’t have one. I don’t have a favorite color, or even one favorite food, but I do have […]
The work of Rie Yamashina explores the same themes of body, identity, and death we saw in my earlier post, Macabre & Erotic Obsessions: Contemporary Japanese Illustration.
A colleague of mine once wondered aloud, after seeing the poster of Kali I had brought from India, how it was anyone could worship such a wholly despicable image. It seems a fair question on […]
Kyu Sakamoto stands over popular music in Japan the way Frank Sinatra stands over popular music in the U.S. This song actually made it to the Western charts with the title “Sukiyaki,” which is a […]
Running up through the torii gates, which mark the boundary between the sacred and the profane. There are two kinds of religious buildings in Japan: temples and shrines. Temples are Buddhist. Shrines are holy places, […]
I return to Japan on Wednesday. For those who don’t know, I’ve been splitting my time between Tokyo and the US for the last few years while I complete my third novel, Feast of Shadows, […]
Masaaki Sasamoto was born in Tokyo in 1966, graduated from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music in 1989, and has been exhibiting ever since.