japan

Botanical Art
Botanical Art

A Massive Bonsai Tree Brings "A New Stage of Beauty" to the Top of a Mountain

An intrepid bonsai climbs a snowy mountain in botanical artist Azuma Makoto's latest surreal installation.
Beckett Mufson
3.22.17
Photography
Photography

A Meditative Photo Series Shows Tokyo’s Loneliest Moments

Yota Yoshida’s contemplative images are far from what you’d expect from the most populous metropolitan area in the world.
Andrew Nunes
3.20.17
Gaming
Gaming

Watch People Play a Hilarious, Frustrating, Voice-Controlled iPhone Game

'Yasuhati' is a deceptively difficult platformer that uses performance—namely, screaming—to move forward.
Beckett Mufson
3.10.17
printmaking
printmaking

How Japan’s Master Printer Merged Modern Graphic Art and Buddhism

A new exhibition at Ronin Gallery examines Shiko Munakata's interest in Buddhist history.
DJ Pangburn
3.3.17
Illustration
Illustration

Pokémon Turned 21! | Monday Insta Illustrator

Celebrate Pokémon Day like you were meant to—with jaw-dropping concept art.
Beckett Mufson
2.27.17
Art
Art

[NSFW] How Japanese Rope Bondage Infiltrated Mainstream Art

Artists have been drawn to kinbaku for centuries for its highly aesthetic and controversial forms.
Marnie Sehayek
2.27.17
DRONES
DRONES

A Tiny Japanese Town Built a Very Good Doggy Drone

The small town of Oji just got a new mascot and he's the best.
Nathaniel Ainley
2.22.17
Art
Art

[NSFW] A Brief History of Japanese Rope Bondage

Kinbaku might seem like the latest BDSM trend, but the erotic art practice is centuries-old.
Marnie Sehayek
2.14.17
Art
Art

A Japanese Art Collective Had a Funeral for Liberty on the US–Mexico Border

Activist artists Chim↑Pom also built a lovely treehouse from which to view the gravesite.
Beckett Mufson
2.10.17
Film
Film

[Premiere] Animated Short Explores Modern Day Xenophobia Through Japanese Folklore

The Mixtape Club collaborated with an acclaimed children’s book author to bring you ‘The Snow Girl.’
Nathaniel Ainley
2.9.17
Art
Art

Frozen Fish Sculptures Fly Amidst Controversy at a Japanese Ice Festival

Is it ok to use animals in art?
Beckett Mufson
2.6.17
Art
Art

Holy Shit, These Japanese Woodblock Prints of Famous World Landmarks Are Incredible

The landscape prints of world-traveling printmaker Hiroshi Yoshida are on view at Ronin Gallery.
Beverly Bryan
1.28.17