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.
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. Artists created paintings and prints like Katushika Hokusai's "Great Wave."
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.
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.
February 20, 2005 |
Optimistic old guy, that Hayao Miyazaki. Japan's most famous animator is forever dropping his characters into a world of hurt, a place where potions turn girls into crones and mothers betray their daughters, where war blackens the landscape and cynical adults "forget they ever knew how to cry." Yet by the time he gets to the credits, Miyazaki always finds a way to leave his heroes and his audience caressed by hope.
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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.
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February 24, 2005 |
Muir Dawson, one in a line of Dawsons who ran Los Angeles' oldest continuously operating bookstore, has died. He was 83. Dawson, who oversaw the Dawson's Book Shop for more than 50 years, died Monday night in his Silver Lake home of heart failure, said his son, Michael, who owns and operates the shop now located on Larchmont Boulevard. A partner in the bookstore since 1947, Muir Dawson specialized in rare books on the history of printing.
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.