Juxtapoz // Monday, April 08, 2013
Musashino Art University on Shodashima, one of the five islands in Japan, celebrated the Triennial Setouchi Art Festival be constructing a mammoth entirely from rice straw donated by local farmers. Displayed in 2012, the straw art is one of the most popular parts of the festival where artists and local residents collaborate on large-scale sculptures.
Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 04, 2013
We are enjoying the photography of Japan's Daido Moriyama this morning. Daido is one of the most revered living Japanese photographers and his work is 'saturated with the melancholic beauty of life at its most ordinary. His photographs epitomize wabi-sabi, the Japanese aesthetic of finding beauty in imperfection.'
Juxtapoz // Friday, March 29, 2013
Takashi Kobayashi is the carpenter and architect of 120 houses all over Japan. As a self-taught designer Takashi has aimed to erode the boundaries between man and nature. His collective, treehouse peoples, have worked to develop tree structures that avoid stunting the tree's grown and balance on the limbs.
Graffiti // Thursday, March 28, 2013
We are unsure about this sign that says “Kobe Beef WANTO Burger” and whether there is actually a patty available to order. MQ appears to be a frequent customer to whatever they offer here though.
Graffiti // Tuesday, March 26, 2013
By far some of the most graphic and offensive graffiti currently being painted in the streets comes from Lush. Japan is getting a taste of his work right now and we are sure their will be some sore eyes after viewing these walls.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, March 26, 2013
In a very literal interpretation of 'we are what we eat,' Japanese-born, New York-based artist Saeri Kiritani glued together over a million grains of rice for her 5-foot high self-portrait. The work is titled 100 Pounds of Rice and won the National Portrait Gallery's 2013 competition.
Graffiti // Thursday, March 14, 2013
New Japan piece looks sharp, like his letters got a fresh new haircut and the sides got lined up
Street Art // Wednesday, March 13, 2013
A lone palm tree that survived the 2001 tsunami in Japan has been rebuilt as a monument to honor the 19,000 victims of the disaster. The only survivor of the 70,000 trees that were taken out from the water held on for a while, but eventually died due to environmental changes in the ground. The tree was cut up, the trunk hallowed out reinforced with a carbon spine, and partly re-created as a permanent monument.
Juxtapoz // Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Japanese born artist, Kyotaro Hakamata, recently popped up on our radar. He’s become one of the leading artists in the Japanese contemporary sculpture scene after the 1990's. Hakamata has created a number of significant sculpture pieces that have influenced a generation of younger artists.
Juxtapoz // Friday, February 08, 2013
In most places the manhole cover is tasked with preventing us from falling into the sewer. In Japan, they are also works of art. While the general style and color of the covers remain the same, the imagery and symbols will change depending on which region of Japan you're in.