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Haunting Acrylic and Pigment Paintings Depict a Lonely World of Dreams

The Japanese painter finds a balance between the serene and the sinister in her surreal portrait.
Nathaniel Ainley
12.14.16
Film
Film

A Rare Studio Ghibli Drama Is Coming to U.S. Theaters

'Ocean Waves' aired on Japanese TV in the 90s, but now a 4K restoration is coming to select US theaters in all its hand-drawn glory.
Beckett Mufson
12.14.16
Art
Art

Precarious Cut-Stone Sculptures Convey a Sense of Delicate Balance

Dia:Chelsea hosts Japanese School of Things founder and artist Kishio Suga’s first solo show in the US.
Sami Emory
12.10.16
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video

Southeast Asia Is a Mirrored World at the 2016 Singapore Biennale

Multimedia mirrors and full-scale replicas of household bomb shelters took center stage at the Singapore Biennale.
DJ Pangburn
12.4.16
Art
Art

Communicating Through Art in a Post-Language Era

Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic is fighting the speed of culture with art that requires patience.
Lars Bengston
11.19.16
Film
Film

Miyazaki Is Coming Out of Retirement (Again) for What Could Be His Final Movie

Animation's beloved Japanese grandfather is back for one more feature, to be completed in 2019.
Beckett Mufson
11.14.16
Art
Art

23' Tall 'Strawzilla' Rises in Japan | Insta of the Week

No longer terrorizing Tokyo, the giant lizard pays a visit to the countryside.
Beckett Mufson
11.4.16
Art
Art

This Finger-Painted Music Video Is a Breath of Fresh Air

Animator Lauren Gregory used 20 pounds of oil paint to create the video for Elena Moon Park and Friends' "Anta Gata Doko Sa."
Beckett Mufson
11.3.16
Film
Film

Japanese Ghost Stories Inspire an Augmented Reality Short Film

Mira Calix lays down a track for this eerie effort from Japanese filmmakers AUJIK.
Beckett Mufson
11.2.16
Design
Design

MC Escher-Inspired Map Wins Japan's GOOD DESIGN Award

The map addresses some fundamental misconceptions about the world—and folds into a nice origami globe.
Beckett Mufson
11.2.16
Design
Design

A River of Light Flowers Springs to Life in Japan

teamLab's latest installation is as close as it gets to a visual haiku.
Nathaniel Ainley
10.31.16
Art
Art

Here Is One of the Last Makers of Japan’s Traditional Amezaiku Candy Art

Japan’s traditional candy art lives on in the craftsmanship of 27-year-old Shinri Tezuka.
Diana Shi
10.29.16