TOKYO Suki Fes 2017

Date: Friday 10th – Sunday 19th November, 2017 Venues: Ueno Park; Tokyo National Museum; Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; Tokyo Bunka Kaikan; Yanaka area. Artists: Katsuhiko Hibino; Yousuke Kaifu; Jin Ishikawa; Taro Suzuki; Kazuyuki Hashimoto; Shinji Ohmaki; Tokyo University of the Arts; École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux‐Arts; Lighting Detectives; Chihiro Minato; Tsuyoshi Ozawa; Kopanda Winds. What […]

Windsor Chairs Exhibition – British chairs admired by the Japanese

Windsor Chairs -British chairs admired by Japanese- September 7th (Thu) – November 23rd (Wed), 2017 It is said that Windsor chairs were developed in the Great Britain in early 18th century. Windsor chairs, whose parts including seat and back are all made of wood, were highly admired by Soetsu Yanagi, Shoji Hamada, Keisuke Serizawa, Sanshiro […]

“ CYA!Modern ~ to the next stage ” Artworks from Sezon Museum of Modern Art & Sezon Art Gallery

Sezon Art Gallery 2017/11/03 – 2017/11/25 “ CYA!Modern ~ to the next stage ” Artworks from Sezon Museum of Modern Art & Sezon Art Gallery Making its sensational debut with the “Marcel Duchamp” Exhibition on the summer of 1981, Sezon Museum of Modern Art has been spending its time with numerous works of Japanese artists […]


A museum dedicated to the work of one of the world’smost important and influential contemporary artists, Yayoi Kusama, will open in October 2017. The Yayoi Kusama Museum is established by Yayoi Kusama and managed by the general incorporated association, Yayoi Kusama Foundation with the purpose of presenting, promoting and preserving Kusama’s art through the exhibition […]

Regional Traditional Crafts to Be Exhibited during Expo Milano 2015

From METI website: Designs by Oki SATO in Combination with Traditional Craftsmen’s Techniques – Cool Japan Design Gallery – At Expo Milano 2015, the Cool Japan Design Gallery is to be established as one of the exhibitions at the Japan Pavilion, featuring traditional crafts which are created in collaboration between master craftsmen from every region […]

World heritage candidate for 2017 to be known by July

From Japan Times A government panel said Monday it will pick a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site candidate to promote for 2017 by the end of July. The panel has four candidates, including Jomon archaeological sites in Hokkaido, northern Tohoku and other regions, and the Sado complex of heritage mines, which are primarily gold […]

A Prince’s Trip to Japan – A Royal Visit

Last week Prince William of the UK arrived in Japan for a four day trip, and it is quite impressive what a prince can fit in his timetable during such a short time! On the first day of his Japan tour Prince William went to the Nakajima Tea House, this was built 350 years ago […]

Prince William dressed as a Samurai Warrior in Japan

Taken from BBC news website ( The Duke of Cambridge was dressed as a famous samurai warrior during a visit to the set of a long-running historical drama in Japan. Prince William visited a Tokyo studio where a popular costume drama is filmed – dressing as a samurai who unified the country in the 16th […]

Traditional Crafts Exhibition WAZA 2015: Take Home the Heart of Japan

Taken from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s website (経済産業省). Traditional Crafts Exhibition WAZA 2015 to be Held–Take Home the Heart of Japan– From February 19 to 24, 2015, the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries (DENSAN) will hold the Traditional Crafts Exhibition WAZA 2015, focusing on the theme, “Take Home the […]

The Japan Initiative and the Challenge of the Tsuru: Embracing Both the Past and the Future – Part Four

This is the final part in our series on the Japan Initiative and the challege of the Tsuru. You can see part one here, part two here and part three here. The Japan Initiative and the Tsuru In order to suggest and push forward any new economic policies the Japan Initiative would need to be […]

Traditional Japanese Crafts will be Showcased to Gain Publicity at the World’s Largest International Trade Fair – Germany

Taken from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s website (経済産業省). From February 13 to 17, 2015, Ambiente 2015, the world’s largest international trade fair for consumer goods, will be held in Frankfurt, Germany. Taking this opportunity, traditional Japanese crafts from across Japan will be exhibited as government-designated traditional crafts. Through this event, Japan […]

Valentine’s Day in Japan – Gifts just for Men?

By Atsuka Fukaya In postwar Japan a number of different holidays and customs were introduced into Japan, and adapted. One of those was Valentine’s Day, however this gained a twist in Japan as unusually it was given a twist as rather than conform with Western countries it became a day for women to confess their […]

Masterpieces of Artisanal Japan: Wazuka tea and Ogatsu inkstones – Daiwa Foundation

On the 11th of February 2015 at the Daiwa Foundation in London visitors had the opportunity to hear from three speakers about Japanese culture and crafts, more specifically tea and ink-stones (硯箱). Timothy d’Offay’s Postcard Teas specialises in tea, and he has superb knowledge of numerous small tea farms in Japan. Wazuka tea dates back […]

President Kennedy’s Hina Dolls? U.S. Ambassador Traces Japanese Woman Who Sent Them

Recently reported in the Japan Times. In 1962 President John F. Kennedy was given a set of Hina Dolls, now over 50 years later U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has traced the woman who sent them. The below story is as reported by Japan Times: Kennedy appealed for help in finding the sender of the dolls, […]