The major retrospective on Jeff Koons, the star of the ’80s Neo-Geo movement, opened at the Château de Versailles a few weeks ago. The exhibition runs until December 14, 2008.
If you are visiting Paris this year, don’t be lazy, go to Versailles first. Viewing a great American artist’s work in an environment with an incomparably rich history could be your once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Although most Japanese don’t care about fragrances, last end of July, there was an event to announce the launch of Kenzopower at the former Tomyoji Temple in my hometown Naka Ward, Yokohama. Kenya Hara, one of the most prominent creative minds (and my favorite packaging designer) in Japan, worked on the packaging of this new Kenzo fragrance. Continue Reading
Sou (Sosuke) Fujimoto is probably one of the most promising young architects in the world. His website sucks big time, but I even find that interesting. Or maybe he just doesn’t have time to worry about less important matters. Anyway, he has an amazing sense of space. Continue Reading
Those who have been to Japan will have visited the ancient capital Kyoto but may not have heard of a city called Kamakura. Kamakura is a city by the Pacific ocean 40 miles south-west of Tokyo and was the capital during 1192 to 1333. Today Kamakura is a relatively quiet town where Buddha meditates in the barrel, and surfers meet a Samurai from the past.
Kamakura is my “soul city” where I attended a Jesuit school founded by German priests shortly after World War II, and whose school uniforms were supplied by the U.S. military (they donated a bunch of used U.S. Army uniforms). Unlike Kyoto where aristocrats had always been omnipresent, Continue Reading