Archive for the ‘museum’ Category

A visit to the Expo 70 Commemoration Park is a visit to the ruins of the future. The 1970 World Expo held in Osaka was one of the last great future-oriented modernist productions held on an international scale. The theme of the Expo was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind,” a vision of a united humanity […]


About a month ago I made my second visit to the Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art, which is an architectural treasure and also a very interesting and very intimate museum.  The museum is located in the Yamazaki area of Kyoto Prefecture at the base of Tennozan Hill, which is famous as the location […]


A few weeks ago I went to Kobe with my friend Miyuki Nakao to visit the Yokoo Tadanori Museum of Contemporary Art.  Though I’m absolutely wild about Tadanori’s art and have been to see three different exhibits of his work since I’ve lived in Japan, for some reason I hadn’t yet visited the Yokoo Tadanori […]


Last week my friend Miyuki and I visited the 2013 Dojima River Biennale — being held at the Dojima River Forum — so we could listen to ice records.  The Biennale is a masterclass in curatorial intelligence: centered around the theme of ‘water,’ the exhibit showcases a huge variety of highly-pleasing work.  I’m sure that […]


If you visit the outdoor sculpture garden at the Shimane Art Museum in Matsue, you are apt to stumble upon groups of visitors posing for photographs while crouched down like running rabbits.  If you move closer to the rabbit folk you’ll notice that they’re imitating the stance of a series of bronze rabbit sculptures running […]


I recently had a chance to visit the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Nissin’s shrine to the man who invented instant noodles in 1958 in the shed that he built by himself in his back yard.  In addition to a life-sized recreation of the shed that bred the instant noodle revolution, there’s also a timeline […]


Two exhibits that should prove to be absolutely amazing are running concurrently at the Osaka National Museum of Art through September 12th. The poster art of Tadanori Yokoo has become legendary and even though I’ve been to three exhibits of his work since I’ve been in Japan, I just can’t seem to get enough.  Yokoo’s […]