Monthly Archives: May 2016

Summer Jelly Sweets

This is another cool-looking sweets from Kagizen, Kyoto.

This one is called “Minase” (dried river), and is special edition for the event in Osaka Hankyu Department.

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Made only from sugar, black sugar, and agar.
Vague dots are of black sugar.
Surface is dry, but soft inside like jelly.

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japan,art,kyoto,sweets

Subtle sweetness, and good for both hot tea and cold tea!

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I’d like to treat my friend with a little flower arrangement.

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For more information:Kagizen

 

Jakuchu The 300th Anniversary of his Birth

This year celebrates Jakuchu’s tricentennial anniversary and this special exhibition at Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum introduced masterpieces spanning his early to late career.

I was so eager to see this exhibition, however, I gave up to line up for 240 minutes to enter.
Yes, actually, I missed the exhibition.

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It may be hard to believe, though, people patiently made a long queue for 240 minutes or even longer.
Jakuchu was such a phenomenon throughout Japan this spring.
Because of repeatedly on-aired special TV programs about Jakuchu,this exhibition rapidly gained popularity.

Here is another version of brochure.

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The artist, Ito Jakuchu (1716-1800), was active in Kyoto during the 18th century and energetically produced artworks until his death at the age of 85.
He painted many beautiful and vivid images of animals and plants, using a delicate painting style as well as ink paintings with spontaneous brushstrokes and humorous expressions.

One of the highlights of this exhibition was Jakuchu’s masterpiece of 33 scroll paintings; Sakyamuni Triad, consisting of 3 scrolls, (Shokoku-ji, Kyoto) and Pictures of the Colorful Realm of Living Beings,
consisting of 30 scrolls, (Sannomaru Shozokan, The Museum of the Imperial Collections) will be displayed together for the first time in Tokyo.

Jakuchu’s detailed technique is revealed in his color paintings, ink paintings and woodblock prints.

With my hope to have another chance to see his artworks displaying his extraordinary technique,
I will  introduce some of his works ( all these images are from this exhibition’s official website).

<Peonies and Lilies>

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jakuchu,art,japan,museum,Peonies and Lilies

<Kidney Beans and Corn Stalks>

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<Peacock and Phoenix> (Peacock part)

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<Flowers and Birds, Parakeet and Roses>

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<Flowers and Birds,Cockatoo>

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<Shakamuni Triad, Samantabhadra>

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<Shakamuni Triad, Shakamuni>

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<Shakamuni Triad, Manjusri>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, Peonies and Birds>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, White Rooster,Hen, and Old Pine Tree>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, Cranes and Plum Blossoms>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, Black Rooster and Nandina>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, Rooster,Hen,and Hydrangeas>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, Fowls>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, Peonies and Butterflies>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, Mandarin Ducks in Snow>

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<Colorful Realm of Living Being, Golden Pheasants on a Tree in Snow>

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<Dogs>

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<Scene of Buddha’s Nirvana by Vegetables>

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<Cactus and Domestic Fowls>

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jakuchu,art,japan,museum,Cuctus and Domestic Fowls

<Elephant and Whale>

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jakuchu,art,japan,museum,Elephant and Whale

<Rooster Crowing at the Sun>

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<Tiger>

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<Birds,Animals,and Flowing Plants in Imaginary Scene>

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jakuchu,art,japan,museum,Birds Animals and Flowing Plants in Imaginary Scene

<Eagle>

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For more information: Jakuchu The 300th Anniversary of his Birth

Arita Camellia Rectangular Plate

Arita is famous for its porcelain, and Tsuji-Seijisha has the longest history and authority.

This pottery producer serves as purveyor of the Japanese Imperial household since 1664, for more than 350 years!

Skills and techniques are handed down for generations, and now 15th head takes over its name.

His style is characterized by its noble neatness, especially blue-colored paintings.

Here is an attractive multi-purpose rectangular plate.

Abstract design of camellia on blue geometric pattern, often used in kimono cloth.

I love this kind of playful mind backed by tradition and excellent technique.

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This plate comes with a paulownia box with hand-written title,

“Blue Camellia Pattern Multi-Purpose Plate”

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Another side of the lid, is an autograph of the head master, 14th Tsuji Hitachi, as a purveyor of the Japanese Imperial household.

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Way to use is up to you.

I put  some scones on it.

Maybe its nice to organize your accessories or writing tools.

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Arita Blue Phoenix Vase

Arita is famous for its porcelain, and Tsuji-Seijisha has the longest history and authority.

This pottery producer serves as purveyor of the Japanese Imperial household since 1664, for more than 350 years!   Skills and techniques are handed down for generations, and now 15th head takes over its name.

His style is characterized by its noble neatness, especially blue-colored paintings.

Here is a beautifully proportioned flower vase with bamboo-like figure.

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japan,art,pottery,bird,arita,tsuji

Sophisticated Blue Phoenix on the upper part.

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japan,art,pottery,bird,arita,tsuji

Painting is elegantly folding around the vase.

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“Made by Tsuji”  engravement on the bottom.

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japan,art,pottery,bird,arita,tsuji

This vase comes with a paulownia box with hand-written title,

” Blue Phoenix Painted Flower Vase”

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Another side of the lid, is an autograph of the head master, 14th Tsuji Hitachi, as a purveyor of the Japanese Imperial household.

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japan,art,pottery,bird,arita,tsuji

This simple vase looks nice with simple Zen-style flower arrangement.

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But also, gorgeous arrangement may be attractive.

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Assorted Japanese Tea Bags

I got a bunch of assorted Japanese tea bags in attractive wrapping!

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10 different types of tea from Shizuoka, known as a famous production area of tea leaves.

Tea is different in terms of kind and the way of making it.

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Don’t worry, each one has its own card with explanation of how to make.

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It may be  interesting to taste different types of tea, like when you taste wine.

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Like you have cheese with wine, don’t forget to have little Japanese sweets!

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Adzuki bean granola from Toraya

Thanks to the trend of health foods in recent years,granola has become very popular, so as well as in Japan.

I found this “Adzuki beans granola” very delicious, and got a bunch of packs.

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Adzuki(Japanese red beans) has deep involvement with Japanese food culture since ancient times.
We celebrate happy occasions with festive red rice (steamed rice with red beans) and it’s used for
various kinds of Japanese confections for ages.

This granola is from Toraya, one of  the most long-established Japanese confectioners in Kyoto.
and its primary product is Yokan (a bar of sweetened and jellied bean paste).

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This granola is a mixture of skin of adzuki beans and other nuts.
So delicious with refined subtle taste.

japan, food, granola,recommend

japan, food, granola,recommend

Recently, those long-established stores successfully renew their products according to today’s trend.

Toraya is the leading store in such attempt, here is their new shop in Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi.

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For more information: Toraya

Enveloped rice cracker

Look at these cute little envelopes.

This type of envelope is used to give money for someone, the most classic occasion is New Years’ gifts for kids.

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What do you think is inside this time?

Each envelope contains a vacuum packed thin rice cracker!

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This idea is from Hyohyoan, produced a wonderful encounter of the long-established rice cracker maker “Kakiyama” and Japanese traditional paper maker “Isetatsu”.

Besides its subtle salty taste of cracker itself, this kind of playful mind is adorable.

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For more information:KAKIYAMA

Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art

Went to see the exhibition “Korin and his Successors”~marking the 300th year since the passing of Ogata Korin~  at Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art in Tokyo.

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The Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art was established in 1964.
The emphasis of the collection is on arts relating to the tea ceremony and profound aesthetics of “tea taste”.

The museum was established by Issey Hatakeyama (1881-1971), who founded a mechanical engineering corporation and became one of the leading industrialists of his age.
He spent his spare time studying traditional Japanese Noh drama and the tea ceremony.
He became a passionate buyer of art objects and his collection in the museum is famed for its outstanding quality.

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This year marks the 300th anniversary of the death of Ogata Korin (1658-1716), a Japanese painter who achieved perfection in the art of Rinpa style and became a great influence on artists in later periods.

In commemoration of this anniversary,the museum extensively showcases the collection of Korin’s work.

While focusing on the originality and creativity of Korin’s art, the exhibition will also feature well-selected paintings and craftwork of the artists that surrounded Korin, including Korin’s younger brother Ogata Kenzan, Watanabe Shiko, and Sakai Hoitsu, who strived to honor and revive Korin’s work in the Edo cultural zone in the early 19th century.

Left: Hotei-zu (the God of Contentment) by Ogata Korin

Right: Irises and lacewing fly  by Sakai Hoitsu

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Yatsuhashi-zu Uchiwa (Fan of Eight-Planked Bridge) by Ogata Korin

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Pottery by Ogata Kenzan (Korin’s brother)

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The museum building was designed entirely by Hatakeyama and retains an atmosphere of calm traditional taste to view the objects on display.

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japan, art, museum

In one corner of the exhibition space, a simple tea ceremony room looks over a small garden
where the beauty of the passing seasons can be appreciated.

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I like this style of museum, with Japanese garden and tea houses.japan, art, museum

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For more information: Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art

Gluten cake treasure soup

Do you know what these are?

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“Gluten cake treasure soup” from Fumuroya in Kanazawa.

Fumuroya’s  history dates back in 1865, and its gluten products are long beloved by people in Kanazawa, late castle city.

This is their main products for souvenir, and each is vacuum packed neatly.

Inside the pack, you can find a beautiful dried gluten cake and a pack of dried sea weed broth.

This is how to eat soup.

Step1

Unpack the gluten cake and dried broth in a bowl.

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Step2

Pour the boiling water into the bowl.

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Step3

Wait  for a minute and stir with chopsticks.
You will find beautiful ingredients come out from the cake.

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It’s fun to have this small gluten soup such as treasure, and it’s also very delicious!

Here is another one.

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For more information: Fumuroya

Nezu Museum

Went to see the National Treasure “Irises Folding Screens” at Nezu Museum in Tokyo.

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May is the season of irises, and the Irises screens has come once again.
This time, we could enjoy the masterpiece by Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716) in the context of waka (Japanese ancient style poetry).

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Zen style entrance.

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With its clusters of irises in vibrant full bloom over a solid gold ground, the appeal of this work lies in its design-like composition, which resembles the patterns seen on kimono robes.
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japan, art, flower, museum

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The iris motif invites the imagination to reflect on the “Journey to the East” section of Episode 9 of The Tales of Ise.

It goes like this:
The protagonist is on his way to the Eastern Provinces, noticed the clusters of irises at Yatsuhashi (the province name), and is reminded of the wife he has left in the capital (Kyoto).
The climax of this scene comes when he composes a waka poem using the five syllables of the word for iris in Japanese, ka-ki-tsu-ba-ta, to start the five lines of the poem. (In pre-modern Japanese, ha and ba were written the same.):

KArakoromo / KItsutsu nare ni shi / TSUma shi areba / HArubaru kinuru / TAbi o shi zo omou

Since I have a wife / familiar to me as the hem / of a well-worn robe, / I think sadly of how far /
I have traveled on this journey.

Japanese poetry and painting have long been intimately connected.

In this exhibition, each painting is shown with appropriate poem.

In addition to objects from the museum’s own collection, the exhibition also features a special loan of a three-volume handscroll of The Tales of Ise (private collection).

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At the entrance, marvelous folding screens are displayed.
Cherry Blossoms in Yoshino and Maple Leaves in Tatsuta (17th century)

These spectacular screens depict cherry blossoms at the height of their luxuriant bloom and maple leaves brilliant like embroidered brocade.
The poem slips tied to the branches of the trees are inscribed with waka poems celebrating the regions of Yoshino and Tatsutagawa, and the cherry blossoms and maples leaves for which they are famous. It is a work that fuses the decorative nature of Japanese art with the tradition of paintings of famous places.

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After enjoying the exhibition, one of the delights of a visit to the Nezu Museum is a stroll through its Japanese style garden, truly an urban oasis.

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There you will find some tea houses as well as a variety of stone lanterns and other objects.

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japan, art, flower, museum

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japan, art, flower, museum

I was lucky to enjoy the true irises in the garden as well.

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japan, art, flower, museum

It’s nice to say hello to these calming statues.

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For more information: Nezu Museum