SJ - Arts & Culture

SJ - Arts & Culture

Early summer is a great season for tea or some laid-back time in magnificent spaces designed by famous architects, with a lush green backdrop.

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The city of Tajimi, which is renowned for its production of traditional Mino ceramic tea bowls, is also home to a uniquely shaped museum.

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The Festival of Lights is a suggestive mix of tradition, spirituality and charm, replicated each year.

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A long wood and iron structure with a somewhat Baroque outline jutting out into the sea. That's a very familiar image for the British, that of a 'pleasure pier', an authentically Victorian invention.

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Have you ever thought of learning Chinese? The Chinese language has long been considered the most difficult major language to learn, largely on account of the vast number and complexity of its characters. Actually, though, only a few hundred are necessary to comprehend basic Chinese literature and begin to delve into Chinese culture and art.

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A World Heritage Site, Mount Fuji is a breath-taking spectacle in every season and a worthy destination for a weekend outdoors, exploring the unexplored.

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If you typically only wait until the beginning of the year to make changes in your life, you've got bigger issues at hand

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Care, sustainability, desertion: what is the relationship between Italian inland areas and their inhabitants? At the Architecture Biennale, a film tells us about it through images

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Apparently, when it comes to selling his autobiography Morrissey can do better than Keith Richards. As a matter of fact, his memoirs shot to number one in the UK book charts with almost 35,000 copies sold, overtaking the previous record holder for first-week sales of a musician's biography, the Stones' guitarist, with his 2010 book Life.

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Turning the small island of Inujima, an oasis of traditional Japanese life, into a natural park beautified by art and architecture by installing exhibition pavilions among the traditional houses.

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It almost seems inconceivable, and yet there are tribesmen in the world who live their lives as if the last milleniums of the earth had never happened. It's a mind-blowing truth, almost heady, as much as the thought of the infinity of the universe. It makes you think that, for them at least, there could be a fresh start, the possbility of a different, hopefully better world. Or that they could stay like that forever, suspended in time.

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A small gallery and independent bookstore, as well as an anchor for emerging artists, a home to the contemporary art community, and a source of limited edition art books from independent and micro-niche publishers.