Browse Items (70 total)

  • Collection: Forging Alliances

The Japanese tea ceremony, or Chanoyu, is the highly choreographed ritual of preparing, serving and drinking a powdered green tea called macha. Although the origins of the tea ceremony date to the Muromachi period (1337–1573), what we now recognize…

The word sumi means ink. Sumi painting, also known as ink wash or literati painting, is considered one of the most prestigious forms of East Asian art. It originated in China during the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) and has its roots in Zen Buddhism.…

Onda is an isolated pottery village in the mountains of North Central Kyushu near the city of Hita. The village was established in 1705, when Yanase San’uemon found an abundance of stoneware clay, which he and his family used to craft ceramics that…

Holiday_cover.jpg
Holiday began publishing in 1946, immediately following the end of World War II. Known for commissioning noted writers and artists, it had over a million subscribers in the 1960s. This all-Japan issue includes articles on Japanese language and…

2014_50.jpg
Born in Tokyo, Yoshitoshi Mori studied at the Kawabata School of the Fine Arts, where he focused on textile design and dyeing with the use of stencils. He became a leading member of the mingei (folk craft) movement, which celebrated adherence to…

2014_51.jpg
Mori has been called “The Child of Edo” because of his evocations of old Tokyo, the city known as Edo before 1868. His interests extended to traditional rural architecture as well. This old-fashioned farmhouse looks untouched by the industrial age,…

2014_48.jpg
Iwashita was born in Tokyo, where he studied at the Tama Imperial Art School (now the Tama Art University). Like Sadao Watanabe, whose art his resembles, Iwashita made a name for himself as a textile dyer, specializing in stencils. He brought that…
Output Formats

atom, dcmes-xml, json, omeka-xml, rss2