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Murakami’s imaginings are without end in Killing Commendatore

“I’m sorry, but I don’t think I can live with you anymore.” In an early scene in Haruki Murakami’s latest novel, Killing Commendatore, a 30-something portrait painter is blindsided with this news. In an...

‘The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg’ is a Must-See Retrospective

Right now, there is no mistaking the arrival of the most recognizable contemporary Japanese artist’s work in downtown Vancouver. Anyone passing near the Vancouver Art Gallery can’t help but be surprised by the sight of a massive, brightly colorful octopus head perched atop the building’s roof. The glittery round eyes of the inky blue octopus are part adorable and part ominous as they scan the cityscape. This utterly captivating installation is the perfect greeter for the Takashi Murakami The Octopus Eats its Own Leg, an awe-inspiring exhibition well worth travelling three-hours north to see

Haruki Murakami’s short stories explores absence

With the seven-story collection 'Men Without Women,' the wildly popular Japanese author Haruki Murakami returns from a three-year absence to take his fans on a brief but unforgettable exploration of—absence.

Hokusai’s ‘Lost Manga’ uncovers lost treasures from famed woodblock artist

Almost two centuries after the initial creation, “Hokusai’s Lost Manga” is out in the world at last—and this formerly unseen collection is sure to become a rich source of historical insight and sheer aesthetic delight to the ever growing fans of Hokusai worldwide.

Tabaimo: Utsutsushi Utsushi is one artist’s attempt at living everything

“And the point is, to live everything" extolled poet Rilke. "Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” The Asian Art Museum’s current...

Ken Matsudaira exhibit demonstrates ganbare spirit

Because of construction to the White River Valley Museum’s main entry, all visitors are ushered into the museum through a side door. Open another door, and one is suddenly at the mid-point of the...