Kanazawa’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art: Welcoming Visitors with an Open Design

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, which opened its doors to the public in 2004, is located in the heart of the city, near the famous Kenrokuen garden. It was designed by Sejima Kazuyo and Nishizawa Ryūe of the architectural studio SANAA, winners of the Pritzker Prize, the “Nobel prize of architecture.” Aiming […]

The Idol Management Business: No Room for Small Fry?

We continue our look at the “idol” business with a talk with three former managers at major talent agencies who now manage chika aidoru, or “underground idols.” What methods do talent agencies use to manage their stars, and what is the current state of the idol business? source https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-topics/c06003/the-idol-management-business-no-room-for-small-fry.html

An Honest Look at Matsumoto Seichō, Japan’s Master of Detective Fiction

Matsumoto Seichō is Japan’s best-known crime writer, famous for novels such as Points and Lines and Inspector Imanishi Investigates. In this article, one of his former editors introduces readers to this beloved icon of postwar Japanese popular writing. source https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-topics/g00678/an-honest-look-at-matsumoto-seicho-japan’s-master-of-detective-fiction.html

Idols Who Can’t Quit

On March 21, 2018, Ōmoto Honoka, member of a regional idol and agriculture-promotion group called the Enoha Girls, took her own life. What would drive a 16-year-old girl to take such an extreme step? Her family has filed suit against her talent agency, its president, and other staff in a bid to uncover the truth. […]

British Museum Exhibition Provides “a Manga for Everyone”

This May, the largest ever exhibition of manga held outside Japan will open at the British Museum in London, featuring around 50 artists and covering manga’s Japanese origins, its enormous influence on cultural forms such as anime, gaming, and cosplay, and its development as a worldwide phenomenon. Our interview with manga enthusiast and lead curator […]

Kanazawa’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art: Welcoming Visitors with an Open Design

The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, which opened its doors to the public in 2004, is located in the heart of the city, near the famous Kenrokuen garden. It was designed by Sejima Ka… source https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-video/ct171000008/kanazawa’s-21st-century-museum-of-contemporary-art-welcoming-visitors-with-an-open-desig.html

An Honest Look at Matsumoto Seichō, Japan’s Master of Detective Fiction

Matsumoto Seichō was born in the town of Kokura in northern Kyūshū on December 21, 1909. He is commemorated by a museum in the town of his birth (now part of the Kita-Kyūshū conurbation). Among the ex… source https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-topics/g00678/an-honest-look-at-matsumoto-seicho-japan’s-master-of-detective-fiction.html

Functional Art in Everyday Life: An Interview with Ceramic Dealer Hirose Ichirō

Slightly Extravagant Items for Everyday LifeIn the early 1990s, the term bijutsu-kōgeihin, or fine art objects, brought to mind expensive pottery or porcelain prized purely for decorative purposes. Su… source https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-topics/b02347/functional-art-in-everyday-life-an-interview-with-ceramic-dealer-hirose-ichiro.html

Year-Round Hiring Aims to Spur More Japanese Students to Learn Overseas

During the 2017 academic year, 105,031 Japanese university students studied overseas, according to a survey conducted by the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO). The number has been increasing… source https://www.nippon.com/en/japan-data/h00446/year-round-hiring-aims-to-spur-more-japanese-students-to-learn-overseas.html

Auction Preview: Prints and Multiples at Hindman, Chicago, May 22

What: Prints and MultiplesWhere: Hindman, 1338 West Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607, United StatesWhen: 22 May, 07.00 PM GMTTop lots of the sale:— Lot 0052: Richard Diebenkorn (American, 1922-1993): “ Twelve, 1984.” Llithograph in colors on Arches 88 paper, initialed, dated and numbered 46/50 in pencil, 34 3/4 x 26 3/4 inches.  Estimate: 40,000 USD […]

Saska Ylätalo’s “Failure is Cool” at Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki

Galerie Forsblom in Helsinki is hosting “Failure is Cool” by Saska Ylatalo through June 2, 2019.Oil painter Saska Ylatalo is known for his interest in camouflage that involves combinations of patterns and coloration that are concealed. As per the gallery, “He uses camouflage as an optical device; the three-dimensional illusions in his paintings seem to […]

Auction Preview: 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale at Phillips, Hong Kong, May 26

What: 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day SaleWhere: Phillips; JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong KongWhen: May 26; 06.00 PM HKTPublic Viewing: 23-25 May; Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-7pmTop lots of the sale:—Lot No 134: George Condo: ‘Two Works’: (i) Jean Louis; (ii) Jean Louis’ Wife: 2005, (i) signed, titled and dated ‘George […]

Auction Preview: Modern and Contemporary Art at Heritage Auctions, Beverly Hills, May 23

What: Modern and Contemporary ArtWhere: Heritage Auctions; 9478 W Olympic Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, USAWhen: May 23Top lots of the sale:—Lot no 77094: Ilya Kabakov (b. 1933): ‘Igor Spivak In the Store 1991’, 2003, Oil on canvas on wood, 44 x 139 inches (111.8 x 353.1 cm), Signed, titled, and dated in Cyrillic on […]

With potential to boost profits by up to 20 per cent, a woman’s place is at work, says UN labour agency

Businesses perform better – sometimes by as much as 20 per cent – when they employ more women in top positions, UN labour experts said on Wednesday, warning nonetheless that most still pay lip-service to the idea of gender equality in the boardroom.  source https://news.un.org/feed/view/en/story/2019/05/1038951