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Contemporary Artists Are Reinterpreting 17th-Century Japanese Erotica

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 04.07.2016 | Arts

Warning: This post contains nudity and may not be suitable for work environments. If you're not familiar with shunga, the early Japanese tradition of...

Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan

Kim Dramer | Posted 02.23.2016 | Arts
Kim Dramer

Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan at Asia Society Museum, is a small exhibition presenting big changes in the art of Japan.

Japanese Artist With Autism Communicates Solely Through Bijin-ga, Or Drawings Of Beautiful Women

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 01.12.2016 | Arts

Bijin-ga is a Japanese term for artistic depictions of beautiful women. Traditionally, it refers to the ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the 17th and 18th...

Hidden In Brooklyn: The Japanese Izakaya Restaurant You Should Know About

Brad Hobbs | Posted 12.23.2015 | Taste
Brad Hobbs

New York is a city built on culture. With Culture brings prized national dishes, chances are, if you live in New York or visit, your taste buds have v...

Yayoi Kusama: Let's Fight Together

Louisiana Channel | Posted 09.17.2015 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Welcome to the magical, polka-dotted, pumpkin-filled world of the legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who uses her art to fight for love and peace. We had the pleasure of meeting the 86-year-old Kusama in her colourful Tokyo-studio.

Traditional Japanese Art Finds New Life On The Internet, Thanks To GIFs

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.25.2015 | Arts

Most casual art fans are familiar with Katsushika Hokusai's iconic work, "The Great Wave at Kanagawa." Part of a series of 36 views of Mount Fuji comp...

Visionary Japanese Artist M'onma Creates Drawings In A Trance

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 08.24.2015 | Arts

With graphite and ink and colored pencil, Japanese contemporary artist M'onma drafts densely layered visions of melting hallucinations. Intricate cros...

Shucks (or S**t): It Can't be Helped!

Frank A. Weil | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

All it takes to get through the process is some cool calmness and a willingness to walk out the door.

The Magic of Taiko for American Audiences

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.25.2016 | Arts
Steve Mariotti

A few months ago I had the privilege of introducing readers to Kudo, a Japanese drum ensemble whose enduring sounds have performed for over 30 years and today counts 100 talented performers in its troupe.

Japanese Artist Mr. Unfolds The Environmental Anxieties Of Japan

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 12.09.2014 | Arts

The work of Japanese artist Mr. will mess with your head. It's bright and intoxicating, but like the otaku subculture Mr. is inspired by, dark forces ...

This Video Of A Japanese Craftsman At Work Will Make You Love Humans Again

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 11.03.2014 | Arts

鳴子系こけし/こけしの岡仁 from dmp on Vimeo. Humans: sometimes it seems like all we do is harm each other. Then you stumble on a vide...

Takashi Murakami After Tōhoku

Matthew Israel | Posted 12.22.2014 | Arts
Matthew Israel

Does religion exist at all in today's art world? Yes, but most often as documentary or anthropological art about religion. It's also been said that contemporary art viewing experiences are similar to traditional religious experiences.

9 Key Terms You Should Know Before Seeing The Massive Hokusai Exhibition

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 10.10.2014 | Arts

Hokusai, the 18th century Japanese artist, created a dizzying amount of artwork throughout his lifetime. Working primarily in woodblock prints, though...

Takashi Murakami's Smiley Faces On A Mushroom Cloud

Pico Iyer | Posted 07.05.2014 | World
Pico Iyer

Every time I look at the work of Takashi Murakami, I see both the super cute, charming surfaces for which Japan is rightly famous and all the demons that peek out behind them. He dreams up lovable blobs and dolls and oversized cuties to ask his compatriots what might be the cost of holding onto such childish things.

In This Abandoned Japanese Village, The Life-Size Dolls Outnumber The People

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts

In a leafy enclave in Japan's remote Iya valley, it's easy to mistake the dolls for humans. This is the village of Nagoru, found on Shikoku Is...

Yes, 'The Fart Battle' Is Actually A Significant Piece Of Art History (NSFW)

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

Warning: This post involves some serious nudity in, erm, compromising positions. Today we bring you a wonderful slice of art history that's been ma...

The Incredible Typography That's Been Hiding In Japan's Street Signs

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 12.04.2013 | Arts

A Japanese street is a design junkie's dream. A variety of typefaces abound just above eye-level, in the signs painted by the shopkeepers. Th...

Sex And Pleasure In Traditional Japanese Art (NSFW)

Posted 10.01.2013 | Arts

One of the most unabashedly erotic images to ever grace the pages of an art history book came from the woodblock of iconic Japanese artist Katsushika ...

WHOA: This Is The Ultimate Optical Illusion

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 09.30.2013 | HuffPost Home

We've seen some weird design choices in homes, but artist Jun Kitagawa's giant zipper installation pretty much takes the cake. The artist has designed...

Incredible Multimedia Dance Performance Wows Olympic Committee

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts

Fuma-Kai is an incredible performance by Japanese multimedia dance and martial arts troupe, Enra, directed by Nobuyuki Hanabusa. It was shown at the I...

Erotic Art's Japanese Roots

Posted 07.30.2013 | Arts

If you've ever wanted to get into the sexual mindset of a 17th century Japanese artist, it's time to head to Hong Kong and feast your eyes upon a deli...

LOOK: Incredible Drawings Created With A Pen

Posted 07.17.2013 | Arts

Manabu Ikeda uses a small acrylic pen and what we imagine is a significant amount of ink to create his massive, intricate drawings. The impressive art...

Meet The Vagina Artist

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 06.28.2013 | Arts

Most artists have a thing. Yayoi Kusama prefers polka dots, Jackson Pollack liked to throw his paint. The Japanese artist Rokudenashiko happens to spe...

Japan Travel: Inuyama, Cormorants, Calligraphy, Candy And A Castle

Edward Schneider | Posted 06.11.2013 | Travel
Edward Schneider

There were wonderful things to see (and eat) there and elsewhere on our trip, but somehow Inuyama made a particular impression as a perfect, and diverse, place to spend a couple of days.

The BMFA's Phantom Japan Collection and the Empty Swinging Door

Susan J. Napier | Posted 06.07.2013 | Arts
Susan J. Napier

Perhaps the MFA with its increasingly contemporary orientation is no longer so interested in opening the doors to other, older cultures.