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Art, Architecture and Crafts

Art, Architecture and Crafts books that Ruth translated.

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The Japanese Gardens Kyoto

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“Every garden has a face: arrogant or free and easy, unadorned or heavily made up, flirtatious or sullenly grumpy. Smiling, weeping, laughing, playful?\in their many faces, gardens are just like people. Their faces change expression throughout the course of the day and over the course of the year.” Hidetaro Sugimoto, p. 30.

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Gallé and Japonisme

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This 2008 exhibition of the work of Art Nouveau artist Emile Gallé‘s glass and ceramics celebrated the first anniversary of the opening of the Suntory Museum of Art’s new premises in Tokyo Midtown.

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Remembrance of Places Past: Japanese Architectural Photography from the 19th to the 21st Century

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The 400 photographs in this Teien Art Museum exhibition range from Meiji-period architectural photographs taken to document structures to contemporary photographs that are distinctive expressions of the photographer’s art, capturing compelling aspects of structures.

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A glittering interlude: Visions of Satsuma-kiriko

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This 2009 Suntory Museum of Art exhibition celebrates Satsuma-kiriko, the cut glass produced in Kyushu during the late Edo period, inspired by the importation of transparent, colorless glass from Europe.

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Stitch by Stitch: Traces I Made with Needle and Thread

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Needle and thread are humble tools and materials that, in the hands of creative artists, can produce work of astonishing freshness. This exhibition showcases the work of Aiko Tezuka, Ruriko Murayama, Zon Ito, Tsunao Okumura, nui project, Sayaka Akiyama, Kei Takemura, and Asami Kiyokawa, who are evolving new modes of expression stitch by stitch.

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