Taboo: Ukiyo-e & the Japanese Tattoo Tradition

Juxtapoz // Monday, February 23, 2015
As one of the oldest forms of body modification, ritual scarification and tattoos have been found on mummies dated to the 2nd millennium BCE. In Japan, irezumi (the insertion of ink into the skin) existed as long ago as Neolithic times. Over the centuries, the practice has assumed multiple forms and carried with it a myriad of meanings...

The Psychedelic Posters and Graphic Design of Japan's Tadanori Yokoo

Design // Thursday, February 12, 2015
One of the most well-known, influential, and transcedent artists of post-war Japan, Tadanori Yokoo has one of the best styles of psychedelic, meets graphic design, meets poster art, meets traditional printmaking you will ever see. He has had numerous retrospectives over the years, and recently was shown at the Iwate Museum of Art in Morioka, Japan.

Process: The Sculptures of Yoshitoshi Kanemaki

Juxtapoz // Friday, January 23, 2015
We've shown you the work of Japanese sculptor and woodworker Yoshitoshi Kanemaki before. We checked back in recently and found that she has shared some photos of her process, from giant trunk of tree to girl with 12 heads... enjoy.

Azuma Makoto's "Frozen Flowers"

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Tokyo-based florist-artist Azuma Makoto, who previous project included lifting a 50 year old Bonzai into space, has created an exhibition that observes the changing life of flowers than have been frozen in water. With a wide assortment of plants, Makoto places the frozen blocks in different environments. As the ice begins to melt the flower blossoms will change shape and a glowing effect takes place. 

Best of 2014: Works by Ryohei Hase

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Based out of Tokyo, Japan, Ryohei Hase expresses a definite darkness in his illustrative and realistic works. He describes the theme of his work as sad and gloomy, but also beautiful and strong; he is working to express the darkness of the mind. The artist was featured and interviewed in the magazine in 2009.

Best of 2014: Drawings of Men Farting from the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868)

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, December 09, 2014
These images, taken from scrolls produced during the Japanese Edo period (1603-1868), depict he-gassen or "farting competitions." Yes, that's right, farting. According to the website Naruhodo, "Similar drawings were used to ridicule westerners towards the end of the Edo period, with images depicting the westerners blown away by Japanese farts." 

LIVE ON: MR.’S JAPANESE NEO-POP @ Seattle Art Museum/Asian Art Museum

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 26, 2014
For all our friends in the Pacific Northwest... when your family comes to town for the holidays, go and check out the MR show at the Seattle Art Museum/Asian Art Museum in Seattle. Live On, which is organized by SAM, presents Mr.’s art of the past 15 years and is his first solo exhibition in a U.S. museum. Born in 1969, Mr. is a protégé of Takashi Murakami, internationally acclaimed icon of Japanese Pop art. He borrowed the name “Mr.” from “Mister Giants” (Shigeo Nagashima), the superstar clean-up hitter of the postwar Yomiuri Giants baseball team.

Hideya Kawakita's 70s Tokyo Subway Posters

Design // Tuesday, November 18, 2014
During the mid-70s there was a series of posters in Tokyo that featured appropriations of iconic western icons and promoted proper subway etiquette. The posters ran from 1974 to 1982 and were the work of Hideya Kawakita, a graphic designer who had a huge imace on the image of Tokyo's subway.

TAKASHI MURAKAMI "IN THE LAND OF THE DEAD, STEPPING ON THE TAIL OF A RAINBOW" @ Gagosian Gallery, West 24th Street

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, November 12, 2014
From the sounds of it, the new Murakami show is quite personal and a deep meditation on life and mortality in the face of the great earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. He recently told the NY Times, “I used to think of religion as something kind of false and hypocritical, but after the earthquake disaster, I realized in a time like that, religion and fairy tales and things like that are actually a necessity." His newest solo show, "In the Land of the Dead, Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow," opened at Gagosian in NYC on November 10, and will be seen through January 17, 2015. 

The Work of Kaneko Tomiyuki

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Japanese artist Kaneko Tomiyuki was born in Saitama prefecture, 1978. Since childhood, he has been particularly interested in Japanese folklore and the spiritual world. His interest has led him to study in the Tohoku prefecture, which was the birthplace of “Legends of Tono”...

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