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Fun Link Friday: Masterful kiri-e designs by Masayo Fukuda

In past Fun Link Fridays we’ve featured some cool paper artistry, from pop-up designs and intricate cranes to moving paper sculptures. Today’s feature is next-level kiri-e (paper cutting) by Masayo Fukuda, who has over 25 years of experience making cut-outs that … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Behold the Buddha: Religious Meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons

Behold the Buddha: Religious Meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons James C. Dobbins Images of the Buddha are everywhere—not just in temples but also in museums and homes and online—but what these images mean largely depends on the background and circumstance … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Newspaper Sculptures by Atsushi Adachi

The holidays are upon us, so it’s a quick Fun Link Friday this week! This article by Spoon & Tamago caught my eye a couple weeks ago– a report about an upcoming exhibit by artist Atsushi Adachi, who plays with the theme … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Ukiyo-e project and modern prints

We’ve covered modern takes on and uses of ukiyo-e prints from early modern Japan a handful of times for our Fun Link Fridays here at Shinpai Deshou. The latest way in which ukiyo-e can be seen persisting in the cultural imaginary is … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: 2019 Rice Field art at Inakadate

As long-time readers know, each year we showcase the rice paddy art of Inakadate, Aomori Prefecture, which has a long standing tradition of growing multicolored rice to great gigantic rice paddy art! This year the theme is  Oshin「おしん」, a television … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Moving Paper Designs

Whether inventive takes on origami and paper art in general, our Fun Link Fridays have seen a lot of cool designs! This week we have another oldie but goodie: the work of Nakamura Haruki, who brings movement to his paper … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Digital recoloring of premodern statues

There have been a lot of wonderful articles and even exhibits recently on the importance of acknowledging the color shaped premodern societies as much as our interpretations of them. Although we’re accustomed to seeing classical statues of Greek or Roman … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Cut-paper origami cranes

There’s a lot of cool Japanese artists on Twitter and Instagram that occasionally get reported on in English-language media, but I found this one in my old bookmarks and couldn’t resist bringing it back. An artist who goes by “Uni” … Continue reading

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Call for Applicants: Traditional Theater Training, Kyoto

Come spend a few weeks in Kyoto this summer to train with masters of traditional theater and dance! This summer will be the 35th annual Traditional Theater Training (T.T.T.) 2019, held at the Kyoto Art Center. T.T.T. is a three-week summer intensive training … Continue reading

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Funding: Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships

Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Fellowships provide recipients with an opportunity to work in a scholarly environment conducive to completing a publication project. The Fellowships are available to academics who have received a PhD in any area of Japanese culture. Preference … Continue reading

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