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Genpei Akasegawa – Death of Neo Dada Artist

October 26th, 2014
  • R.I.P Genpei Akasegawa – (he was 77 years old.)

    Artnet (obit)

    Genpei Akasegawa is a pseudonymof Japanese artist Katsuhiko Akasegawa (born 1937). During the 1950s and 1960s, he became involved within the Neo-Dada movement, when he formed the Hi-Red Center collective. In 1970s he worked with the idea of Hyper-Art, ordinary street object that happened to look like a conceptual artwork. For what was to become the “Thousand-yen bill incident”, Akasegawa sent out invitations to a solo exhibition in 1963, in a cash envelope mailed through the post. The printed invitation reproduced a 1,000-yen note with the exhibition details at the back, when the local police notice, they arrested him for producing counterfeits.

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    “A Record of the Wind” by Genpei Akasagawa

  • Going Nowhere (see more images here)

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    See Zero yen

    His irreverent humor and cunning observation of everyday life made him popular as a writer, peaking with his 1998 book Rõjinryoku, in which he put forth a hilariously positive take on the declining capabilities of the elderly. Hyperart: Thomasson, marks a crucial turning point in his metamorphosis from a subversive culture to a popular culturatus.

  • Caterpiller – Koji Wakamatsu

    October 17th, 2014
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  • Caterpiller trailer
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  • Caterpiller wiki

    Caterpillar is a 2010 Japanese drama film directed by Kōji Wakamatsu, partially drawn from Edogawa Rampo’s banned short-story “The Caterpillar” (芋虫 Imomushi?)
    The film is a critique of the right-wing militarist nationalism that guided Japan’s conduct in Asia during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. The film deals with various issues, such as war crimes, handicapped veterans, and spousal abuse. The film also deals with themes of sexual perversion and features graphic sex scenes.

    It was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.[4] Shinobu Terajima received the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival for her portrayal of Kurokawa’s wife.

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    (1 April 1936 – 17 October 2012)

    MUBI page

    The Essential Films of Koji Wakamatsu

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    Toru Takemitsu – How His Film Scores Shaped Post War Japanese Cinema

    October 8th, 2014
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    Toru Takemitsu (武満 徹 Takemitsu Tōru, October 8, 1930 – February 20, 1996) photo by Kinoshita Akira

    Composer and writer on aesthetics and music theory. Takemitsu’s contribution to film music was considerable; in under 40 years he composed music for over 100 films. via wiki

    Follow his works.. you’ll get the best of post war Japanese cinema.

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  • See Woman in the Dunes full film (Abe Kobo, Teshigahara, Toru Takemitsu)

    Hiroshi Teshigahara Two films based on novels by Abe Kobo, The Face of Another, Woman in the Dunes, Rikyu about the zen/artist/tea master. and Pitfall –
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    The Burmese Harp full film (youtube) directed by Kon Ichikawa

  • Harakiri – trailer (youtube) (With Masaki Kobayashi – Takemitsu also did the film scores for Kwaidan and Samurai Rebellion)

  • Takemitsu also composed for Black Rain (Imamura Shohei), Ran, Dodeskaden (Akira Kurosawa), Empire of Passion (Nagisa Oshima) and Rising Sun (Philip Kaufman).

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    Iannis Xenakis (previous post)

    R.I. P Yoshiko Yamaguchi/Ri-Ko-Ran – Diva of China & Japan

    September 15th, 2014
  • Wartime film idol, propaganda tool Rikoran dies at 94 Japan times

  • Japanese Actress Shirley Yamaguchi, Who Starred in ‘House of Bamboo,’ Dies at 94 (Variety)

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    See previous post

    Hollywood reporter -

    After her first marriage to Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi ended in the mid-1950s, Yamaguchi married Hiroshi Ohtaka, who was Japan’s ambassador to Burma, now Myanmar, and occasionally appeared on television. In 1974, she was elected to parliament’s Upper House as a member of the governing Liberal Democratic Party and served until 1992. She was among the contributors to a private atonement fund for Asian “comfort women” used as prostitutes for Japan’s wartime military.

  • Shanghai no Onna 1952 (youtube)

  • Caught Between China & Japan: Superstar Li Xianglan

    She called China her fatherland and Japan her motherland.

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    (Scandal – directed by Kurosawa)

    She was active in promoting relations with China and other Asian countries. One of her concerns was Japanese “comfort women” military brothels, an issue that still strains ties between Japan and its neighbours.

    In her 1987 autobiography, Yamaguchi wrote she was shellshocked when she watched “China Nights” to prepare the book. “Why did I have to appear in such a movie and perform as ‘Chinese actress Ri Koran (Li Xianglan)’? I felt miserable realising this at this advanced age and I had sleepless nights for months.”

    However, according to some Japanese bloggers, the movie was not widely taken as a pure propaganda film but was appreciated by many people in both Japan and China.

    “I think song is something that helps shrink boundaries and distances,” Yamaguchi told public broadcaster NHK in 1985. “I myself suffered much as I was trapped in a war between two countries as long as I remember. Therefore I am determined not to tolerate any war.” (via)

    On Kawara – His Last Day – July 10, 2014

    July 10th, 2014
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    On Kawara via artnet
    A giant of conceptual art dead at 81

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  • On Kawara wiki

  • He was life, blood, heart

    Alan Sondheim (via netBehavior)

    On July 8, 2014, Guggenheim announced On Kawara solo show for 2015 .

    Equinox Flower – Mother’s Day 2014

    May 10th, 2014

  • Ozu and mother (via)

    Ozu Yasujiro Story #1 (youtube)

    Ozu Yasujiro Sotry 2

  • Ozu and his mother

    “Ozu remained single and childless all of his life and stayed alone with his mother who died less than two years before his own death.
    Ozu died in 1963 of cancer on his 60th birthday.. buried with his mother. His grave at Engaku-ji in Kamakura bears no name—just the character mu (“nothingness”)”

    Happy mother’s day!

    Sayonara Osamu Kokufu – 1970 – 2014

    May 1st, 2014
  • Mario A told us the sad news that Osamu Kokufu was accidentally killed at his exhibition space. He was only 44 years old.

    Via Digmeout

    Born in 1970. Graduated from Kyoto University, art research course in 1994.
    Creating an original dream machines called KOKUFUMOBIL that have many interesting functions. One of his machines’ inside is converted into a fridge and the other one is converted into tropical jungle. He made a walker that has a helmet with a propeller. His machines are materialized of our child-hood dream. Also which includes an ecological point of view, such as measuring the exhaust gas by balloons and visualize it. Car with a sail run by wind power. Watering the garden in the air by wind power.

  • Kokufu House

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    Artist Osamu KOKUFU, 44, passed away on April 29th. R.I.P. (Mainichi – in Japanese only)

  • Mobile (vimeo)

  • Shigeru Ban – Architect of Emergency Shlter wins Pritzker

    March 25th, 2014
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    Humanitarian activities (design boom)

    Shigeru Ban (NY times) wins Pritzker

    The Guardian on Shigeru Ban

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    My student Shigeru Ban wins the Pritzker for his work in temporary structures. Look up his curtain house blowing in wind. And for his tubes of cardboard. I loved a poem he wrote that was about being confused at 20 by going from Japan to New York all the time. His embrace of victims of the storms. Proud of his clear architecture.Another example of the greatness of John Hejduk’s conception of the social contract which is, after all, architecture. The fantasies at Cooper became the poetry within disaster. Cardboard !

    Shigeru Ban.Paper tube emergency shelter .Time lapse video

  • Zatoichi Actor Katsu Shintaro Entertained the Balthus Family

    January 15th, 2014
  • Balthus and Setsuko, Chateau-d’Oex, Switzerland, 1989 ..

    Setsuko was a painter

  • (Katsu Shintaro -wiki)

  • Harumi (Balthus daughter) is a Jewlery designer
    Beauty of Spring (Vimeo) (Created by Donatella Wenders/Mrs Wim Wenders)
    Bono makes an apperance.. and unlike Balthus little girls Harumi grew up to became a mother.

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    Baladine and Balthus (photo via)
    Letter to Balthus - Rilke was the lover of Baladine Klossowski, the mother of Balthus.

    Previous post on Rilke

  • Balthus at the Mets

  • Zatoichi meets Yojimbo

    Kojima Ichiro – Tsugaru Photographer + Tugaru Shamisen.

    December 27th, 2013

    Ichiro Kojima (onlinebrowsing) – see more photos.

    Kojima (b. 1924, Aomori, Japan) served the war effort in China during World War II and returned to his homeland, Aomori, in 1946. Having passed through several jobs, he began to help out in the family business, a photographic equipment shop.
    Tsugaru, the series in this exhibition, was shot during Kojima’s first four years as a photographer; it may be said that it was during this time he worked on Tsugaru where Kojima developed his characteristic printing technique.

    more here..


  • Photo via

  • Under the guidance of an experienced beggar, the younger blind man would learn the basics of shamisen and begging. These men, called bousama (sarcastically meaning “honorable monk,”), were definitely at the bottom of the social ladder. They traveled through farming and fishing areas, where they would be able to play for food in order to survive.
    Tsugaru History

    Tsugaru-Aomori Japan (see map)

    Ohayo Ozu Yasujiro – 2013

    December 12th, 2013

  • (Google Japan honored Ozu on his birthday)

    Ozu was born on Dec 12, 1903.. he passed away on his birthday Dec 12 1963.

  • Ohayo trailer (youtube)

    Click to see Sada Keiji

    I love you…..

  • Hear his Voice

  • I was born but... (previous Post)

    Tokyo Chorus (previous post – Okada Tokihiko) -

    Floating Words (previous post)

    See Tokyo Twilight here.

    Katue Kitasono – Plastic Poems – Theory & Practice

    November 13th, 2013
  • The Camera Can Create a Lovely Poem Even from Trifling

  • Katue Kitasono - Plastic Poems on view at LACMA till December 1, 2013.

  • POÉSIE

    billions of ladies with billions of tongues have billions of peacocks
    billions of ladies with billions of peacocks are calm as billions of
    peacocks

    ABOVE THE SAND DUNE
    THE MOON’S OPERA

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    Thing Net I

    Thing Net II

    On View a Reconsideration of Katue Kitasono (NYtimes)

  • Theory and Practice

  • LACMA

    Jacket - 3 Poems Black Fire