Category Archive for "Japanese art"

Pictures at an Exhibition – Japanese inspirations

While walking along the shores of Lake Zurich, my eyes fell on a poster with a Japanese theme: the Kunsthaus (Museum of Fine Arts) was advertising an exhibition called “Inspiration Japan – Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh.” There was nothing surprising... Continue reading

Mizuhiki – the art of tying paper cords

As Japanese culture becomes increasingly well known throughout the world, fewer people are surprised to learn that something thought merely to be a common practice is a separate art among the Japanese. While in principle anything can be turned into... Continue reading

Meetings with Enku

The meetings are, of course, figurative since Enku lived in 18th century Japan, primarily in the Gifu prefecture. The first time we met was in Moscow, when I was in college. One of my Japanese language teachers, whose name was... Continue reading