Q&A with Princess Mako and Kei Komuro: Dating, Proposal, Emperor’s Blessing

  (First of 2 parts)   On September 3, Princess Mako, eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, gave a press conference at Akasaka Goyochi in Tokyo with her fiancé Kei Komuro, 25, her former classmate at International Christian University.   In that public appearance together, she famously said his smile was “as bright as the sunlight,” while […]

4th Summit Between Abe, Modi: Why Japan and India Are Closer Than Ever

  From September 13 to 14, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be on official visit to India—in Ahmedabad/Gandhinagar, Gujarat—upon the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.   In this 4th annual summit between the two leaders, they will review the progress of their countries’ “Special Strategic and Global Partnership” and set further directions in […]

2017 Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards Winners Announced in New York

The Japan Art Association on Tuesday, September 12, formally announced 5 recipients of the 29th prestigious Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards at the Juilliard School in New York City. The awardees for 2017 are: *Dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov *Afro-Pop superstar Youssou N’Dour *Architect Rafael Moneo *Visual artist Shirin Neshat *Visual artist El Anatsui Each […]

Kuniyoshi’s Landscapes and Warrior Images, and Why They Are Highly-Valued Today

    Related story: Utagawa Kuniyoshi: The Ukiyo-e Artist You Should Know   The ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi truly illustrated all kinds of topics, working in a wide range of genres. His works include images of warriors, beautiful women, actors, and landscapes inspired by Western painting. These landscapes, of which he did only a few, […]

‘Fear’ in Many Forms: Exhibit Based on ‘Kowai-e’ Series Comes to Kobe and Tokyo

  Ghosts, devils, hell, monsters, murders, and execution. These dark, challenging themes are at the heart of the recently opened Fear in Painting exhibition, housed in the sublimely elegant, Tadao Ando-designed Hyogo Prefecture Museum of Art in Kobe.       Based on the popular Kowai-e books series first published 10 years ago, the exhibition […]

Marco Tempest at Singularity University Japan Summit 2017

Singularity University: Silicon Valley Think Tank Arrives in Japan

(C) “SingularityU Japan Summit 2017”   The first Singularity University Summit in Japan wrapped up on Friday, September 8, at Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation), tackling the theme “Shaping Japan’s Future Together.” (C) “SingularityU Japan Summit 2017”   Singularity University is a Silicon Valley think tank that offers educational programs and a business […]