The Ghibli Museum: Enter the Fantastical World of Hayao Miyazaki
Over the course of several decades, Studio Ghibli has developed into a Japanese cultural institution. The visionary animations of director Hayao Miyazaki have become an indelible part of Japan’s cinematic canon. The Ghibli Museum in Tokyo’s Inokashira Park is a monument to his fantastical creations and allows visitors both young and old to celebrate their love for these unique films. In this article, Thomas Storey talks about the palpable world which is born from this magical recreation of Miyazaki’s work.
The Hanok: A Glimpse into Korean Eco-Architecture
Traditional Korean architecture is a uniquely elegant reflection of Korean cultural traditions and social values. The deep spiritual connection that exists between a person and the world they inhabit is something which Korean culture deems not just necessary but essential. In the modern world of high-risers and skyscrapers, this Korean structure harks back to a simpler and more calming existence. Nilesh Patel discusses the Hanok, which translates as Korean House, and discovers its spiritually healing properties.
I was told I was crazy. I was an extremist for being anti-pesticide,” she says. “Other landscape companies would scoff at the idea that I wanted to use native plants or edibles because there wasn’t a resale component. They would say things like, ‘Irrigation is the bread and butter of my business. Why would I want to create drought-tolerant gardens?’
Perhaps the most poignant, heartbreaking letter in our collections is this one from Lee Krasner to Jackson Pollock while they were in a period of trial separation. As far as we know, she never received a response, as Pollock died in a car crash less than three weeks after Krasner penned the letter. This letter is currently on view in our exhibit The Art of Handwriting.
Lost in History: Ten Must See Cultural Sites in Indonesia
Yoko Ono: The World’s Most Famous Unknown Artist
Yoko Ono has been defined by her relationship with The Beatles’ John Lennon. Yet this iconic woman resolutely perseveres in her creation of avant-garde art, becoming a defining figure in the contemporary art world. Here, Hiroe Nirei looks at her life before and after John’s death in 1980, exploring how she continues to strive for a peaceful world with her creative and inspiring voice.
The Overlooked Writers of Cyprus
Cyprus is a country with a rich and often turbulent social, cultural and political history, and has produced a diverse wealth of literature. However being an island with a relatively small population of just over a million inhabitants, many of the writers and poets of this Mediterranean isle are often overlooked or remain undiscovered; Erdinch Yigitce looks four such writers below.