August 13, 1995 |
Shan Ichiyanachi dips a chopstick into his portable stove and comes up with a blob of molten blue corn syrup. Pulling, stretching and snipping with scissors, he adds red, green and yellow corn syrup, fashioning a sea horse with a fringed mane. The candy man has come to town. Ichiyanachi, 43, is one of two practitioners in the United States of amezaiku ("sweet candy craft"), a 1,000 year-old Asian folk art.
March 9, 1986 |
To the Japanese, Kyoto means tradition. This quiet city was the bustling capital for over a thousand years. During that time, local artisans, providing the imperial court and its officers with textiles, ceramic wares and the other necessities of life, developed their skills into fine art. When Japan's center of commerce and political life shifted to Edo (the ancient name for Tokyo) during the mid-1800s, many of the craftsmen remained in Kyoto and continued to work, refining their craft.
August 22, 1991 |
Companies thinking about entering the Japanese market should think of the process as a never-ending courtship, according to two Orange County executives whose companies entered the Japanese market in recent years. "No matter how well I felt I knew the market, there were a lot of surprises in their business practices that delayed our business plans," said Steven M. Kishi, a vice president for international operations at Anaheim-based Carl Karcher Enterprises Inc., owner of the Carl's Jr.
November 14, 1998 |
From perhaps the world's smallest kite to acrobatics by Tokyo firefighters, a once-in-a-lifetime view of Japan goes on display Sunday, back to the age before Americans opened the country to the outside world nearly 150 years ago. It is an exhibit called "Edo--Art in Japan 1615-1868." Tokyo was known as Edo in the 17th century, when it had a million inhabitants and was the world's largest city, said Earl A. Powell III, director of the National Gallery of Art.
November 15, 2012 |
In a welcome follow-up to "Requiem for the Sun, " Blum & Poe's superb survey earlier this year of the art of Japan's Mono-ha movement, the gallery has assembled another, similarly museum-grade survey exploring the work of one of its leading figures, Kishio Suga. With 86 works spanning more than 40 years, it is a substantial undertaking - Suga's first solo exhibition in North America, and the first single-artist show to occupy both floors of the gallery's prodigious space. It feels light and fresh, almost spontaneously generative.
April 1, 1991 |
There is really nothing new about the current Western fascination with Japan. It has been thus ever since the French Impressionists discovered Japanese prints in the curio shops of Paris. Neither is there much novelty in the fact that our fascination focuses on Japanese art. Japan and its art have become synonymous in the Western mind. Germany can be conceived without thinking art, not so Japan. The latest round of beguilement seems to have a new twist.
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October 22, 1986 |
Every other Saturday morning, the Fuji Bonsai Nursery in Sylmar surrenders its usual serenity to become a laboratory for people taking the fast track to an ancient art form. It is do-it-yourself day in the world of bonsai. Bonsai, for those who may not know, is the practice of growing an ordinarily large tree in a small pot.
November 22, 1998 |
In 1615, Tokugawa Ieyasu, the Japanese shogun, or military feudal overlord, defeated his remaining rivals to emerge as unchallenged ruler of Japan, bringing on 2 1/2 centuries of unprecedented peace and prosperity under army rule. The calm and the riches during the reign of 15 successive Tokugawa shoguns fostered an incredible outburst of art--on screens and scrolls and kimonos and textiles and porcelain and lacquer and helmets and woodblocks--in an era that is known as the Edo period in Japan.
October 9, 1998 |
For decades, Toyoji Kuroda has been promoting Japanese movies abroad. But in South Korea, Kuroda, an official with the Assn. to Promote Japanese Films Overseas, rarely has been able to get past "go"--meaning the government. Because of lingering bitterness toward Japan, which occupied the Korean peninsula from 1910 to 1945, Seoul still bans most Japanese movies, music and comics.