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Dec 2003
Issue 043

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Ikko Tanaka:
A Retrospective

Until 01/25

Until his sudden death on January 10, 2002, the graphic designer was one of the leaders of Japanese graphic design for nearly half a century. His work ranged from posters, book designs, logos, wrappers and packages.

His distinctive modern expression of the classic Japanese sense of beauty and art was highly regarded not only in Japan but also inter-nationally as well. Born in Nara in 1930, he studied at the Kyoto City School of Art (currently Kyoto City University of Arts). After mooing to Tokyo in 1957, he established his own design studio in 1963 and participated in projects for the Tokyo Olympics and Osaka Expo in 1970.

He then branched out to work for the Seibu Saison Group with Issey Miyake and in collaboration with overseas businesses like Ferragamo. This exhibition is the first full-fledged exhibition of his works after his death, introducing approximately 500 articles covering his art school graduate project and unreleased items for a complete showcase of his achievement.

His close friend, world renowned architect Tadao Ando, has personally designed the display for this special exhibition.

Suntory Museum
Open: 10:30am-7pm
Admission: ¥1000/¥700/¥500
Getting there: Chuo subway line, Osaka-ko stn.
Tel: 06-6577-0001

Special Exhibition: Reliefs of Angkor Wat in Rubbing Impressions

12/09 - 01/12

Located in what is now Cambodia, Angkor Thom, capital of the flourishing Khmer empire in the 11th century, once was one of the world's most densely populated cities.

An incredible mass of dazzling pagodas grew up around Angkor Thom, culminating in the glory of the magnificent temple complex at Angkor Wat. With the fall of the Khmers, the temples were slowly recaptured by the lush forest and remained a hidden legend until 1861 when they were re-discovered and introduced to the western world. It is home to numerous architectural and art works.

With the cooperation of the Cambodian Government, the Kyoto Bunka Museum is able to exhibit 61 works of rubbing works along with some of the 1000 stones discovered by the excavation of the Teai Kudei temple in 2001.

Kyoto Bunka Museum
Open: 10am–6pm
Closed: 12/15,22, 12/28–1/13, 1/5
Admission: ¥700/¥500/¥400
Getting there: From Kyoto station, take the sub-way to Torimaruoike stn or Hankyu Torimaru stn.
Tel: 075-222-0888

The 125th Exhibition:
Hajime Sorayama Exhibition

11/27 - 12/25

The DDD Gallery's latest exhibition will feature the works of Hajime Sorayama, the internationally renowned master of pin-up art. Remarkable for their fine detail and powerful impact, his works never fail to provoke and mesmerize the viewer.

The breathtaking novelty of Sorayama's ideas transcends the boundaries of illustration: the AIBO robot dog, which was created based on Sorayama's image direction, received a Good Design Award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, and is housed in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the New York's Museum of Modern Art.

This exhibition at the DDD Gallery includes new works depicting "artificial beauties" and "erotic fantasies" and traces their evolution across the centuries to a higher stage. Also featured is an exhibition of Sorayama's work over 20 years, including a vast array of posters, cards, and images.

DDD Gallery
Open: 10am-6pm (close on Sat, Sun & holidays)
Getting there: Nishi Umeda stn. 10min walk,
Higobashi stn. 7min.
Admission: Free
Tel: 06-6347-8780

Kansai Art Listings


Thru Dec.7
Fujita Museum
JR Osaka-Jo Kitazume stn.
Subway Kyobashi/Keihan line.
10am-4pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥700/¥400/¥200
Tel: 06-6351-0582

Thru Dec.14
Osaka Nihon Mingeikan
The Beauty of English Slipsear
10am-4:30pm, closed Wed.
Admission: ¥700/¥450/¥100
Tel: 06-6877-1971


Thru Dec.7
Asahi Beer Oyamamazaki Sanso Museum
JR Yamazaki/Hankyu Ohyamazaki stn.
10am-4pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥600/¥400
Tel: 075-957-3123

Thru Dec.21
Hosomi Museum
Okazaki, Saishoji 0cho
10am-6pm closed Mon.
Admission: ¥1,000/¥800
Tel: 075-752-5555

Thru Dec.23
Koryo Museum of Art
JR Kyoto stn, take bus #9 to
Kamogawa Chugakumae stop.
10am-4:40pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥500/¥400/¥300
Tel: 075-494-2238

Thru Dec.25
Kyoto Gendai Museum
Shinya Fujiwara: Memento
Shijo-stn. Exit 7
Admission: ¥1,000/¥800
Tel: 075-525-1311


Thru Dec.23
Himeji Shiritsu Bijyutsukan
JR/Sanyo Himeji stn.
10am-4:30pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥700/¥400/¥200.
Tel: 0792-22-2288

Thru Feb.29
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Artists of Garou: Special Exhibition And Nakayama Iwata Exhibition
Hanshin Iwaya stn. 8 min walk south.
10am–5:30pm closed Mon.
Admission: ¥800/¥550/¥270
Tel: 078-262-0901

Thru Dec.7
Hyogo Prefectural Museum of History
20th Anniversary Special Exhibition: Ikuo Hirayam Collection—Arts from Gandhara and the Silk Road
JR/Sanyo Himeji stn. Nr. Himeji Castle.
Admission: ¥ 800/¥550/¥270
10am–4:30pm Closed Mon.
Tel: 0792-88-9011

Thru Dec.14
Itami City Museum
Copperplate prints by Yukio Fukazawa
JR/Hankyu Itami stn.
10am–5:30pm closed Mon.
Admission: ¥700/¥350/¥100
Tel: 0727-72-7447

Thru Dec.25
Kobe City Museum
Drawn Music: Japanese Artists and Western Instruments
JR/Hankyu Sannomiya stn.
10am–5pm, closed Mon
Admission: ¥800/¥550
Tel: 078-391-0035

Thru Mar. 2004
Kobe Fashion Museum
Hats, caps and headresses from around the globe
Island Center stn. Rokko Island
10am-5:30pm closed Wed.
Admission: ¥500/¥250
Tel: 078-858-0050

Thru Dec.12
Tawara Museum
YATATE EXHIBITION (portable brushand holder), netsuke (A small sculptural object, made from wood or ivory, usually worn to suspend objects hung from the sash of the kimono) and crafts from the Edo Period.
JR Ashiya, 7min walk
10am-4:30pm, closed Mon.
Admission: ¥600/¥400/¥300
Tel: 0797-23-2878


Thru Dec.27
Nara Kenritsu Museum
Yumeji Takehisa: a retrospective
Kintetsu Nara stn.
9am-4:30pm closed Mon.
Admission: ¥800/¥600/¥400
Tel: 0742-23-3968

Thru Dec.23
Nara Kenritsu Manyo Bunkakan
Anno Mitsumasa Exhibition
Kintetsu Kashihara Jingu-mae or JR/Kintetsu Sakurai stn. Take bus, get off at Asuka-mura, Asuka, Takai-chi gun
10am-5pm closed Wed.
Admission: ¥600
Tel: 0744-54-1850

Thru Jan.12
Nara Photography Museum
The Request Exhibition II: Scenery of Yamato.
Works of Irie Taikichi and Takeuchi Toshinobu

JR/Kintetsu Nara stn.
10am-4:30pm Closed Mon.
Admission: ¥500/¥200/¥100
Tel: 0742-22-9811

Thru Nov.24
Yamato Bunkakan
Korean Paintings and Crafts from the museum collection
Kintentsu Gakuen-mae stn.
10am-4pm closed Mon.
Admission: ¥900/¥450
Tel: 0742-45-0544


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Hard Knock Life
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Ski Suki?
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Beauty by Coro
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J Soccer Monthly Review
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Top games on the horizon
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Outback Grill
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Kitahorie's Covent Garden Social Club
A Canadian Cheers in the middle of Kitahorie.


Some of the news you won't see printed elsewhere, plus the best of the rest.

:: ART

Ikko Tanaka retrospective and Angkor Wat rubbings, plus other art listings for December.


Ya La Tengo, John Mayer, Clarence Gatemouth and many more incoming live acts...


ELLEN ALLIEN vs DJ MAYURI @ Club Two, Carl Cox @ Under Lounge and more...


Pixars' Finding Nemo, the much anticipated The Last Samurai and many more...


William Kremer A member of the Midori Group, and co-director of "Kyoto Poverty".