Artworks by Japanese artists

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At age 95, Fumiko Hori created this mural for the Fukushima Airport

Fumiko Hori supervised the installation of the mural herself, quite an impressive feat for a woman aged 95 at the time. The giant relief wall was based on Hori’s original painting at the CREARE Atami-Yugawara Studio. The relief carving at the airport helps to create an illusion of depth on an otherwise shallow surface. The […]

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Katsuhiro Otomo’s mural at the Sendai Airport – Riding the Waves

Katsuhiro Otomo, the creator of Akira, the 1988 Japanese animated cyberpunk action film, is one of the most well-known manga artists, animators, screenwriters, and film directors in the world. Though he is best known for his manga series and film adaptations, Otomo crossed over into the sculpture world when he was asked to design a

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Why should you visit the Teshima Art Museum?

Why does the Teshima Art Museum that only hosts a single piece of work by one artist attract art lovers from all over the world? One of the main reasons is perhaps that this clever construction allows the audience a chance to not only look at the art. It lets you experience the buildings and

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What is Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower all about?

The Imagine Peace Tower is a memorial crafted by Japanese-American artist and musician Yoko Ono. She created this in tribute for her deceased husband and legendary member of The Beatles, John Lennon. The Imagine Peace Tower is Yoko’s largest work of art to date. It took her three years to develop it alongside her engineers.

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Junya Ishigami’s Art Biotop Water Garden – Is this architecture?

Junya Ishigami is a Japanese architect. He was born in Kanagawa prefecture in 1974. In 2000, he obtained a master’s degree in architecture and planning at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. He had a short stint working at Kazuyo Sejima between 2000 and 2004 at SANAA. Accomplishments Right after leaving SANAA, he

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The extraordinary Moriyama House – By SANAA’s Ryue Nishizawa

Moriyama House (2005) is a perfect example of a home designed to represent a community, while at the same time connecting the inside and outside. The building is located in Kamata, Tokyo and the brainchild of Ryue Nishizawa of Pritzker Prize-winning architectural firm SANAA. The multi-building residence consists of ten separate buildings, ranging from 1

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These are some of Yasuaki Onishi’s most impressive works

Japanese artist Onishi Yasuaki is well-known for his ethereal art installations, paintings and sculptures that he creates using a mix of materials. Born in 1979 in Osaka, the artist has been at the forefront of creating new forms and inspiring a sense of awe, etherealism, and thoughtfulness with his work. He credits his inspiration to

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Yayoi Kusama & Pumpkins – What you should know

A life without art would be soundless, tasteless, and shapeless; essentially, an abyss. A life without art would be dull because art is beneath the structure of everything and anything that matters. No one recognizes its fundamental need to society and audiences more than artist Yayoi Kusama does. The global success of Kusama Yayoi Kusama

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Sou Fujimoto’s cloud-like Serpentine Pavilion: What makes it special?

Fujimoto’s temporary structure was created using 20mm white steel poles that were arranged in a complex latticework or interlacing pattern that appeared to emerge from the ground as an iridescent matrix would. Taking up space in 350 square meters of lawn right at the forefront of the Serpentine Gallery, Fujimoto’s structure was delicately balanced with

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What is Hiroshi Sugimoto’s Theaters photography project all about?

Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in 1948 in Tokyo but later moved to Los Angeles to pursue photography at the Art Centre College of Design. He settled in New York, where he soon began his study of conceptual photography. Over the years, Hiroshi Sugimoto has become one of the most critically acclaimed artists and photographers of

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What are Fujiko Nakaya’s fog sculptures all about?

Fujiko Nakaya’s work is simply transcendent. Primarily featuring fog, her ephemeral creations are always climate-responsive and influenced mainly by nature. Her works are moving and changing and designed to allow visitors to enter and interact with them. Because the fog installations are always centered on nature, the audience experiences are always varied due to the

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