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Welcome to NOTEBOOK, a cultural guide to art, design and architecture, along with local views and travel news in English giving a realistic view of Tokyo from two perspectives, one from Japan and the other from abroad.
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NOTEBOOK:Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo SPINEAR

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Welcome to NOTEBOOK, a cultural guide to art, design and architecture, along with local views and travel news in English giving a realistic view of Tokyo from two perspectives, one from Japan and the other from abroad.
Get in touch: https://forms.gle/QL2V8eDgtskXefKo7
Instagram: @NOTEBOOK_pod
Photo: Getty Images

    12/09, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    12/09, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    Looking throughout the week, away from news of the Japanese government training members of the Myanmar military or Hokkaido's Shirogane Blue Pond illuminated for the first time this season, Monday's note looked forward to today's screening of “2/Duo” (1997) by Nobuhiro Suwa in New York and “Neko-mimi” by Jun Kurosawa in Tochigi, while Wednesday's note looked back at the history of the winter dish O-den alongside a house fire in Nagasaki. Now, Today's note looks at the work of two photographers; Go Itami with his exhibition "Don Quixote" at CAVE-Ayumi Gallery and Mikiko Hara with her photo book "Small Myths" published by Chose Commune, both uniquely bringing chance to photography that focuses on everything and nothing at the same time.
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    • 8 min
    12/07, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    12/07, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    The Japanese government will hold off on its plans to raise taxes, funding defenses in its southwestern region but still plans to triple the number of Self Defense Force troops in the region. Not far from the action on the main island of Kyushu a two-story wooden building was engulfed by flames close to the old Nagasaki Streetcar and Sofukuji Temple built in 1673, whose grand Chinese style entrance gate has lived through more than its fair share of fires, the last of which was in 1849. And with the end of year just weeks away, thoughts are turning to food and O-den, a decision-making dish you eat on the way to eating something else. End-of-year celebrations are fast approaching, and eating O-den is the perfect way to bid this year farewell … soul food for thinking of the year ahead.
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    • 6 min
    12/05, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    12/05, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    Indonesia villages have been evacuated following the volcanic eruption of Mount Semeru in East Java over the weekend, while three British men have been arrested in Britain over their alleged robbery of over 100 million yen worth of jewelry from central Tokyo in 2015. Shifting tectonic plates and stolen gems aside, two lost gems of Japanese cinema are brought back to cinemas this month, with “2/Duo” (1997), directed by Nobuhiro Suwa celebrating its 25th anniversary at Metrograph in New York this coming Friday, December 9th, and “Neko-mimi” (1994) directed by experimental filmmaker Jun Kurosawa being screened at Center, an Alternative Space and Hostel in Kanuma city near Nikko on December 17th.
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    • 5 min
    12/02, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    12/02, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    With a week of back and forth, Mars was at its closest to Earth this week, while Furyu-odori folk dances were added to UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list earlier this week. And following Monday's note on Christo and Jeanne-Claude at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT and Wednesday's note on the late film director Yoichi Sai, today's note reviews the exhibition series Roppongi Crossing at the Mori Art Museum, reflecting the back-and-forth of a post-pandemic world with the latest edition “Coming and Going”. And with that, every note this week also reflects on events and people looking for stability amid unstable surroundings.
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    • 9 min
    11/30, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    11/30, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    Following World Cup news of Japan’s 1-nil loss to Costa Rica and other news suggesting World Cup frenzy is putting a strain on Qatar's camel industry, the Lithuanian filmmaker Jonas Mekas took place over the weekend with a day of film screenings at the University of Tokyo. However, attention turns to the late Japanese film director Yoichi Sai, best known for his depiction of Koreans living in Japan with his debut “Mosquito on the 10th Floor” (1983) a controversial landmark that describes the fall of a character upholding the law while consumed by vice and the changing face of contemporary Japan. For Sai and Mekas, the exploration of social outcasts were filmed in infinitely different ways, experiences that are thankfully being revisited and remembered.
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    • 6 min
    11/28, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    11/28, Arts Culture Tourism from Tokyo

    All eyes are trained on the middle east this year. The FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar is finally underway, while November marks the 100th anniversary of the British archaeologist Howard Carter breaking open the tomb of King Tutankhamen near the Egyptian city of Luxor. This year a Japanese research team concluded an iron dagger found in the tomb had, in fact, been forged from a meteorite. Meanwhile, west of Luxor and east of Qatar, the largest and only permanent artwork is being designed for the Abu Dhabi desert: The Mastaba, a project conceived in 1977 by Christo and Jeanne-Claude, the duo known for their environmental installations. Their final project is now on display at 21_21 DESIGN SITE at Tokyo Midtown until February 2023.
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    • 6 min

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