Tagged with Japanese art

Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano

Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano

Whilst I was in London recently I popped in to see my old colleagues at the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation and was invited in to see the latest exhibition: Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano (熊野海). Umi Kumano is a Japanese artist from Fukui, who currently lives in Berlin as a guest student at the Berlin University of … Continue reading

The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History

The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History

A few weeks ago I attended a free public lecture at the University of Bristol. The ‘George Hare Leonard Memorial Lecture’ was entitled ‘The 400th Anniversary of the English East India Company in Japan – 1613 – 2013: A Forgotten Episode in Cultural History’ and the speaker was the wonderful Timon Screech, Professor of the History of … Continue reading

Exhibition: Pain by Haroshi, at Stolen Space Gallery

Exhibition: Pain by Haroshi, at Stolen Space Gallery

Did you ever wonder what happened to skateboards after they die? Tokyo based artist, Haroshi, has been resurrecting used decks for over a decade. This self-taught artist uses the discarded remains of broken down skateboard decks to create beautiful wooden sculptures, adapting the DIY ethos of skate culture into creating works of art. With intricate mosaic patterns … Continue reading

The Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum

A few weeks ago I visited the Holburne Museum in Bath. I first heard about the Holburne Museum at a netsuke exhibition at the Embassy of Japan earlier this year, just before I moved to Bristol. I noted down that the museum had a small collection of netsuke, and decided I must make time to visit. … Continue reading

Exhibition: FRAGMENTS OF TIME by Junko O’Neill

Exhibition: FRAGMENTS OF TIME by Junko O’Neill

A  solo exhibition  by Japanese artist Junko O’Neill is opening in London this week. Here are the details: Junko O’Neill: FRAGMENTS OF TIME 19 – 24 March 2013 GV Art, 49 Chiltern Street, London W1U 6LY Have you ever experienced being drawn into the space within a painting and sensing the transient atmosphere that the work conveys? … Continue reading

Japan in London, January and February

Japan in London, January and February

There’s always a lot of Japanese-related stuff going on in London, so I thought it might be useful to give you a heads-up about some of what’s going on in the next couple of months. I’m sure I’ll miss something though, so do feel free to leave a comment if there’s something you’d like to … Continue reading