Thursday, 5 August 2010


I went to a very interesting exhibition last night with my gallery group. It was at the Spiral building in Omotesando and was called Basara. This apparently is a term associated with the challenge of ideals during the Muromachi period and the exhibition focuses were on the aesthetic sensibilities of Samurai, as well as the Bousouzoku (motorcycle gang). I loved the mixture of traditional Japanese imagery or techniques, mixed with a modern idea, such as the motorbike made out of inlaid laquer with a wicker seat (see bottom right). Later in the evening, some tattooed Japanese gentlemen displayed their work to a crowd of onlookers.

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