Climbing a narrow staircase to the third floor of the Mokuhankan print shop in Asakusa takes me to a studio where a printmaker is at work. She is halfway through adding black…

Opening the packages storing the prints of his latest artwork was like a neo-Tokyo, cyberpunk Christmas for Mad Dog Jones. Here in Tokyo was the first time the Toronto-based artist held in…

Oshima, an idyllic art island existing in a lonely stretch of water on Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, has a reputation unlike any other. It is Japan’s only island leprosarium; an island inhabited…

Fittingly for an artist so adroitly pinning down the zeitgeist of early 21st-century Tokyo, photographer Takehiko Nakafuji was exhibiting images of what is his home city right when the Great East Japan…

Working as a nature photographer for over three decades, Junji Takasago has traveled all over the world shooting spectacular scenes. His latest book, Planet of Water, is published by National Geographic and…

It’s no secret that Japan and particularly Tokyo are a photographer’s dream. We try to feature some groundbreaking shots through our Photo Story series, and we certainly have already shared the city’s most…

Tokyo Art Book Fair (TABF), the city’s largest convention of amateur and professional authors, illustrators and artists based in Japan, has a special place in my heart; it’s the first event I…

Japanese woodblock prints inspired Claude Monet, and he built a Japanese garden at his Giverny home to paint his Water Lilies series. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said, “If Japanese prints were…

Mansai Nomura’s lilting pattern of speech and deep, dulcet tone rumbles like the curling surf washing ashore as he recites the opening line to Hamlet’s existential soliloquy. As he talks, Nomura scrunches…

Christian Boltanski, face weathered, liver spots adorning his bald pate, like Alfred Hitchcock in slip-on shoes, sits on a wooden bench quietly contemplating the forest scenery in front of him for a…

Blood splatters across pristine white snow. Broken twigs and branches are scattered in a cold deserted woodland. These descriptions most likely conjure up a scene of mysterious violence, perhaps stills from an…

Photographer Robert Kirsch opens up about his work – and his inner workings – as he prepares for his first solo exhibition in Tokyo  It’s a windless, mild-weathered day in Tokyo when…