Japan’s Reverence for the Human Body Evidenced in Public Sculptures

One of the most refreshing things about Japan I find is that there is an exaltation of the human body and it can be seen in public sculptures all across Japan.

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Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery in Kyoto Celebrates Japanese Pottery and Preserves Tradition

f you are looking for the soul of Japan, look to its ceramics. From sake vessels, to tea ceremony ceramics, Japan lives and breathes mindful artisan and meaning through this beautiful art form called Yakimono. And Robert Yellin is devoted to promoting and protecting this art created by living Japanese artisans of more than 40 traditional styles across Japan. 

Writers in Kyoto Annual Poetry Reading, Plus Jazz June 24

You are cordially invited to the Writers in Kyoto Annual Poetry Reading on June 24. It will feature jazz accompanying the Kansai region's many talented poets who are gathering at the The Gnome, at Nijo Kawaramachi in Kyoto  (For map see here.) Happy to say that I, Sydney Solis, am master of ceremonies, humble poet that I am. … Continue reading Writers in Kyoto Annual Poetry Reading, Plus Jazz June 24

Art and Meaning in Everyday Life at The Japan Folk Art Museum in Osaka

I am a folk junkie. I love folktales, folk art, folk music. Folk comes from the Old English folc, common people, men, or tribe; originating from the Proto-Germaic root of fulka with its modern German word volk, people. In an era where people's cultures, crafts and minds are getting swallowed up by the mechanized, mono-cultural isolation … Continue reading Art and Meaning in Everyday Life at The Japan Folk Art Museum in Osaka