Archive for April, 2013

Spring Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

Spring Exhibition at Kyoto Seishu Netsuke Art Museum

Mention netsuke to a Japanese and it will most likely draw a blank. An under-appreciated art form, netsuke originated in the 17th century, when they served as a toggles to fasten items such as pillboxes and tobacco containers to obi belts, since kimono are without pockets. Netsuke developed over time from being merely functional to …

Sakura along the Takasegawa Canal (Kiyamachi, Kyoto)

Sakura along the Takasegawa Canal (Kiyamachi, Kyoto)

The sakura season has just about arrived in Japan. At this time, Kyoto is heaving with tourists who have come to see its famous sakura-viewing spots. Japanese have a particular penchant for sakura, not just when in full bloom. There is something about its transient beauty and the sense of pathos when they start to …

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