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The Passing of Mono-ha Artist Nobuo Sekine at 76 -May 18, 2019

May 18th, 2019
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    Artsy Obit

    Nobuo Sekine (1942–2019)
    Conceptual artist Nobuo Sekine—whose ephemeral, site-specific sculptural and installation works were associated with Mono-ha (the School of Things), the postwar Japanese art movement active in the late 1960s to the mid ’70s—died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was seventy-six years old.(Artforum Obit)

    (Historical Photographs)


    (Phase of Nothingness – Cloth and Stones)


  • Nobuo Sekine and his Phase of Nothingness (1969) installed at the Japanese Pavilion, 35th Venice Biennale, 1970. Photo by Yoriko Kushigemachi. © Nobuo Sekine.

  • Sayonara, the Passing of Int’l Actress Kyo Machiko at 95

    May 14th, 2019

  • (Kyo Machiko in Floating Weeds directed by Ozu Yasujiro)

    Kyodo news obit

    Machiko Kyo, internationally acclaimed Japanese actress, dies at 95

    Kyo Machiko (wiki)

    Kyō continued to act through her 80’s. Her final role was as “Matsuura Shino” in the NHK television drama series Haregi Koko Ichiban in 2000. In 2017 she was presented with an award of merit at the 40th Japanese Academy Awards.[1] After retiring from film, she moved back to Osaka, where she resided until her death.
    Kyō never married, although her romantic relationship with Daiei’s president Masaichi Nagata was well-publicized in her native country.
    Kyō died from heart failure on May 12, 2019. She was 95


    (Kyo Machiko with Marlon and Glenn Ford from the Tea House of the August Moon)

    Her sole role in a non-Japanese film was as the young geisha Lotus Blossom from The Teahouse of the August Moon opposite Marlon Brando and Glenn Ford, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

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    Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)


  • (Rashomon – Kurosawa, cinematography by Miyagawa)


  • (The Face of Another, Kyo Machiko directed by Teshigahara)

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    Kenji Mizoguchi and actresses on the set of his film “Street of Shame (Akasen Chitai)

  • Hinamatsuri, Happy Girls Day in Japan – March 3, 2019

    March 3rd, 2019
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    Photo by Fung Lin Hall (Scottsdale, Arizona)

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    The Dolls – (Directed by Takeshi Kitano, Poland gave this the best film award – costume design by Yoji Yamamoto)

    Name these girls – Happy Hinamatsuri album

    Google Hinamatsuri

    The custom of displaying dolls began during the Heian period. Formerly, people believed the dolls possessed the power to contain bad spirits. Hinamatsuri traces its origins to an ancient Japanese custom called hina-nagashi (雛流し, lit. “doll floating”), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them.(via wiki)

  • RIP Donald Keene – Enigmatic, Eminent Scholar of Japanese Literature

    February 24th, 2019
  • Japanese Literature Scholar, Translater Donald Keene died at 96.

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    Akutagawa Hiroshi, Mishima and Donald Keene
    Mishima (his final performance)

  • His autobiography is an excellent read.. what an amazing life.

    Keene Observation Donald Keene (On his 84th birthday)

  • Donald Keene

  • Interesting review of his book by Colin Marshall.. Donald Keene on Familiar Terms.

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    Fabulous Japanese Actress, Kiki Kirin – Moved On at 75

    September 16th, 2018
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    Josh Parmer posted on FB a sad and shocking news that Kiki Kirin (樹木 希林) passed away. (See a great photo of Kiki there)

    May your body rest and your soul soar Kiki Kirin. You have been one of my favorite actresses since I first saw you back in Still Walking.

    Japan times Obit

  • Interview with Kiki
    Kiki Kirin’s response here.

    Regarding the afterlife, there is the Buddhist idea of rebirth. Right now, my soul is in this body and this body is Kirin Kiki. After this body is used up and death comes around, that soul and spirit moves on and reappears. I don’t see death as an end.

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    Kiki with Nagase (Previous post)

  • Koreeda and Kiki (Shoplifters won Palme’dor at Cannes – 2018)

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    Previous Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Akira Fuse Amazing Talent, Not a Footnote to Olivia Hussey’s Autobiography

    August 24th, 2018

  • (Franco Zeffirelli, Olivia Hussey and Akira Fuse)


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    Olivia Hussey in Japan

  • Building Bloc -積木の部屋 (積木の部屋 / 布施明)

  • Flamenco guitar and hear him singing (Youtube)

  • Akira Fuse wrote the song and lyrics and Olivia Hussey appeared toward the end of this video.

  • My way in Japanese.

  • 1)Cyclamen Fuse’s early hit song.

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    Playing Oboe..
    Cyclamen his early hit.

  • Fuse’s interpretation of Aznavour song in Japanese

  • Doukoku


  • (An elegant calligraphic note is a poem written by Fuse Akira)

    Fuse Akira’s Novel: Daddy

  • Happy birthday Leonard Berstein!

  • Shinobu Hashimoto, Screenwriter for Kurosawa, Kobayashi Dies at 100

    July 20th, 2018
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    Shinobu Hashimoto and Akira Kurosawa (made history with Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ikiru)

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    Screenwriter for Rashomon dies – (deadline)

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    (Samurai Rebellion directed by Kobayashi, screenwriting by Hashimoto)

    Mainichi obit

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    via Gojira fan

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    See youtube here ..

    Tomoo Gokita – Peekaboo Exhibition in Tokyo – to June 24, 2018

    May 26th, 2018
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    How to Marry a Millionaire – (2015 Acrylic by Tomoo Gokita)

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    Chloe Sevigny, Kazumi Hayashi, Lily Ludlow, and Tomoo Gokita)

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    Tomoo Gokita “PEEKABOO” exhibition opening and after party at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, Tokyo

    On view until June 24th, 2018 at Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 3 Chome-20-2 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo.
    Tomoo Gokita Mary Boon Gallery

    Artnet

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    Bathing Beauty Sculptures

    Hirokazu Kore-eda, The Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or at Cannes 2018

    May 19th, 2018
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    The Shoplifters wins Palme d’Or.

    Japan Times – Kore eda, Master of Humanism

    Winners at Cannes here.

    Palme d’Or: “Shoplifters,” Hirokazu Kore-eda

    Grand Prix: “BlacKkKlansman,” Spike Lee

    Jury Prize: “Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki

    Special Palme d’Or: “The Image Book,” Jean-Luc Godard

    Best Actress: Samal Yeslyamova, “Akya”

    Best Actor: Marcello Fonte, “Dogman”

    Best Director: Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”

    Best Screenplay (tie): Alice Rohrwacher, “Happy as Lazzaro” & Nader Saeivar, “Three Faces”

    Camera d’Or: “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

    Short Film Palme d’Or: “All These Creatures,” Charles Williams

    Queer Palm (Feature): “Girl,” Lukas Dhont

    Queer Palm (Short): “The Orphan,” Carolina Markowicz

  • Kore eda Films from previous posts.
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    Still Walking

    Nobody KnowsNobody Knows
    Film Quiz + Nobody Knows + Cities & Neglected Children

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    Previous Cannes festival.

    Kiki, for whom After the Storm is her fifth Koreeda film, described the director as among one of the most observant she has seen in her 55-year career.

    Kiki, Kore eda, Nagase etc

    Two Sketches by Ike No Taiga – Artist from Edo Period

    April 24th, 2018
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    Ike no Taiga

  • Met Museum (Click on + to see Meng Jia Loses His Hat (left); The Chinese Poet Su Shi (right))

  • Ike No Taiga:Influence of the Middle Kingdom and humble background

  • Ike No Taiga :True View (Japan Times) travel painter.

    ‘The Genius of Ike no Taiga: Carefree Traveler, Legendary Painter,” at Kyoto National Museum, is magisterial. Edo Period (1603-1868) Kyoto teemed with big name painters, but Taiga (1723-1776) was superlative.

    Miyagawa at MoMa – A Cinematographer for Mizoguchi, Kurosawa, Ozu, Kon Ichikawa etc.

    April 15th, 2018
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    Yojimbo -( Kurosawa, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa )

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    Sansho Dayu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)

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    Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, cinematography by Kazuo Miyagawa)

    At MoMa calendar
    Kazuo Miyagawa: Japan’s
    Greatest Cinematographer
    Through April 29
    The Museum of Modern Art

    Kazuo Miyagawa (Japan Society)

    Born in Kyoto on 25 February 1908, he was introduced at the age of 12 to the art of Sumi-e, a style of ink wash painting in which the dilution of the ink and the mastery of the brush allows the artist to obtain every possible shade of grey. Miyagawa would later state that “it was my training in ink wash painting that really taught me how to see.”

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    Kenji Mizoguchi (on the chair), Miyagawa (behind) and actresses on the set of his film “Street of Shame (Akasen Chitai)

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    with Michio Kogure..from Sisters of Gion.

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    (Directed by Yasuzo Masumura)
    Miyagawa filmed Ayako Wakao in Ozu’s Floating Weed, Gion’s Sisters.

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    Ozu Yasujiro and Kazuo Miyagawa

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    Another of Miyagawa’s masterful achievements was on Kon Ichikawa’s Tokyo Olympiad (1965), where he supervised 164 cameramen, who used 234 different lenses to capture the dramatic intensity of competition in extreme close-up.

    Tokyo Olympiad – Kon Ichikawa

    George Clooney Customized by Yayoi Kusama + Foto of Yayoi & Joseph Cornell

    March 22nd, 2018
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    Yayoi Kusama with one of her Infinity Net paintings in New York, c. 1961 (repost)

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    George Clooney was customized by Yayoi Kusama

    Photographed by Emma Summerton, Clooney is decked out in a Giorgio Armani suit, shirt, bow tie, and shoes that are all customized by the artist Yayoi Kusama. According to the accompanying W article, the Japanese artist admitted to not being familiar with who the Hollywood star was.. (2013 – old news)

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    Kusama and Joseph Cornell New York 1971

    In 1972, American assemblage and collage artist Joseph Cornell died. Twenty-six years her senior, Cornell had been Kusama’s closest friend. New York was by this time home to a community of Japanese artists, but Kusama had avoided the associations many of her compatriots formed with groups such as the anti-art happening bunch in the neo-Dada group Fluxus.
    “I had gone to New York to be independent,” she says, “Not to join a group.”
    Cornell’s death left Kusama dangerously isolated, and her mental condition began to deteriorate. She experienced frequent hallucinations and bouts of severe depression and developed heart problems. Heeding her parents entreatments, Kusama returned to Japan. Her father died two years later, and despite out-patient psychiatric treatment, Kusama’s anxiety neurosis was now unmanageable. In 1977 she entered the psychiatric institution.
    Kusama has lived in the same hospital for over 20 years. There is no furniture, save a bed. Her 12 square-meter room has a big, French-style bay window that looks out onto a small garden. Kusama sometimes watches people playing tennis in a court that lies behind the garden.
    Every morning after breakfast, Kusama walks five minutes up Gaien Higashi street to her studio to paint. She walks back to the room for lunch, then returns to her studio and works through the afternoon. Kusama takes her dinner at the hospital before retiring each evening.
    “It’s very comfortable, very private” says Kusama, “And very simple, I like it.”

    Yayoi Kusama loves pumpkins and polka dots