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(original) Noma Dōjō Part 1 (旧) 野間道場 パート1

A previous post looked at the current Noma Dōjō, which opened in 2007. This post will be the first in a series that will look at its famous and much beloved predecessor, the original Noma Dōjō. It was the last … Continue reading

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“Tokusatsu Museum” at MOT 特撮博物館 於 東京都現代美術館

The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (MOT) now has a temporary exhibition running since Tuesday 8 July until 8 October 2012. This exhibition entitled Director, Hideaki Anno’s “TOKUSATSU” Special Effects Museum-Craftsmanship of Showa & Heisei eras seen through miniatures is … Continue reading

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Metabolism at Mori Museum メタボリスム 森美術館

The Mori Art Museum (森美術館), located on the 53rd Floor of Mori Tower in Tokyo’s Roppongi (六本木) district, is currently holding an exhibition titled “Metabolism, The City of the Future, Dreams and Visions of Reconstruction in Postwar and Present-Day Japan” … Continue reading

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Hybridized Architecture of Uchiyama 内山のヒブリド建築

Japan has a long history of borrowing influences from beyond its shores then making it part of its own culture. This process of appropriation often results in hybridized forms with striking contrasts. Architecturally, this can be seen in the Uchiyama … Continue reading

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Yamanoren 山暖簾

Any fans of both Japanese early Post-modernism and onsen (温泉) might want to visit Yamanoren (山暖簾) if they are in Northwestern Kyushu. Also known as Sechibaru Onsen (世知原温泉) as it is located in Sechibaru town, Nagasaki-ken (世知原町長崎県), this onsen resort … Continue reading

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Takeo Yabusame 武雄流鏑馬

Although samurai are now closely associated with swords and swordsmanship, as a distinct class the bushi (武士) were originally defined by their equestrian and archery skills. This origin leaves its legacy today in the arts of kyudo (弓道) and yabusame … Continue reading

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Sakura City 桜の町

Last month sakurano-hanami (桜の花見) or cherry blossom viewing season, swept Japan. This time of the year is a must see for anyone interested in visiting Japan and was the first time I got to experience this event. Of course, I … Continue reading

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