Honor and Responsibility: 2017 Laureates on What the Præmium Imperiale Means to Them

The laureates and international advisors of the 29th The Præmium Imperiale International Arts Awards held a press conference on Tuesday, October 17, at the Hotel Okura Tokyo in Toranomon, ahead of the awards ceremony.   Awardees from five divisions, who were set to be honored in an October 18th dinner, were present: Iranian-American artist Shirin […]

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 […]

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 […]