OE Electronic Sound and Vision Collection
credit: Music Mine
Unpredictable Japanese DJ/producer Tatsuya Oe, aka OE aka
Captain Funk, joins forces with a posse of bands and DJs as
well as performance unit 66b/cell in a night of music and
media at Spiral Garden in Aoyama. Best known for his 1999
Captain Funk album, Bustin' Loose, which Fatboy Slim
called "f***ing insane," Oe brings a unique
sense of humor to his various collaborations. Also participating
in the free event, "Discover your style 2003,"
sponsored by Mod's Hair, are indie rock unit Buffalo
Daughter, live electronica act Numb, and VJ Paradise Jam.
May 24. See events listings for details.
Since his debut at the 1981 Paris Collections, the acclaimed
fashion designer has been creating clothing designs that never
fail to attract both praise and criticism. Yamamoto continues
to be a rebel, and last year he created a stir by presenting
his Yohji Yamamoto collection during the haute couture season
and then presenting his Y's show during the pret-a-porter
season, effectively voiding the difference between the two.
Curated by Carla Sozzani, "Yohji Yamamoto: May I help
you?" presents three decades of work through the individual
interpretations of Yamamoto's style by eight photographers.
An installation of Yamamoto designs will be on display, and
the Hara staff themselves will be garbed in Yamamoto wear
in this look at an icon of Japanese fashion.
Hara Museum, through July 21. Tel:
credit: Kyoshiro Yoda
Following a well-attended production of Giselle in February,
the heartthrob of the Japanese dance world leads his company
in a new production of Tchaikovsky's most famous ballet,
Swan Lake. Formed in autumn 2001, Tetsuya Kumakawa's
K-Ballet Company has through Kumakawa's sheer charisma
brought a whole new generation to ballet. Kumakawa himself
dances the role of Prince Siegfried, with original choreography
reinventing the classic tragedy of Siegfried and his ill-fated
lover Princess Odette.
Kanagawa Kenmin Hall, May 24-25;
Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, May 27, 29-30; Bunkamura Orchard Hall,
June 11-12, 14-15. See events listings for details.
credit: Akaoni Daiko
Shakuhachi master Christopher Yohmei Blasdel will join Tokyo's
resident international taiko drumming group in an evening
of exciting music and drumming this Thursday. Surrender to
the Beat will incorporate original and traditional pieces
and will culminate in a drum circle led by master facilitator
John Yost, where the audience can join in the rhythm and the
fun. Founded in 2000 and led by Michael Naishtut, Akaoni Daiko
performs traditional pieces of matsuri, mikoshi and bon odori,
as well as original compositions. Naishtut also teaches an
ongoing taiko workshop every Tuesday night at Bar Isn't
Bar Isn't It? Roppongi, May
29. See events listings for details.
The Victorian Nude
Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth
Gabriel Rossetti, Venus Verticordia, 1864-68
While 19th-century Victorian England may have been buttoned-down
when it came to the public exposure of flesh, this prudishness
did not extend to its artists. Controversial painters of the
era created richly detailed, anatomically correct nudes based
on classical mythology, fueling intense debate about public
art and morals. "The Victorian Nude: Morality and Art
in 19th-century Britain," on tour from the Tate Britain
Museum, takes a look at the artistic output of this prosperous
time at the peak of the British Empire through some 100 works
by artists such as William Mulready and Joseph Noel Paton.
"This exhibition charts the precarious development
of subject matter which was both prestigious and dangerous,"
says the Tate, "highlighting concerns about sexuality,
desire and censorship that are still relevant today."
Tokyo University of Fine Arts and
Music Museum, May 24 through August 31. Info: Mainichi Shimbun
Credit: AKNG Press
Created by writer Larry Rodney and graphic designer Glen
Schroeder, the cartoon strip "Charisma Man"
first appeared in the February 1998 issue of The Alien magazine
and soon became part of gaijin folklore. The strip, which
lampoons the inflated egos of Western men in Japan, their
female Japanese admirers, and their nemesis, Western Woman,
has now been collected into a volume edited by its latest
writer, Neil Garscadden. Says Professor Larry Damaser of the
Princeton Illiterary Monthly: "Without a doubt, some
of the most significant pieces of artistic work ever."
AKNG Press, ¥1,000. Available
at Tower Records' Shinjuku and Shibuya branches, Good
Day Books and Caravan Books, or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
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