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John Paul Catton's Article – September 2012 Archive (3)

The Japanese Jazz Age part 4: "The Dance that could not be Named"

When Tomoyoshi Murayama returned to Japan in 1922 after a year's study in Germany, the avant-garde movement in Taisho period Tokyo gained one of its most flamboyant and energetic artists. 

Murayama had been in Germany to ostensibly study philosophy, but he quickly gave that up and threw himself into the Dada and Futurism movements, meeting…


Added by John Paul Catton on September 17, 2012 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

The Japanese Jazz Age part 3: "The Dynamism of the Automobile"

At the same time as the Dada movement was finding followers in Japan, the Futurists were also gaining ground. The leading exponent, the artist Tai Kambara, published the first Japanese Futurist poem, “The Dynamism of the Automobile”, in Shincho magazine in 1917. One translated excerpt reads:

Acute angle



Added by John Paul Catton on September 9, 2012 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The Japanese Jazz Age part 2: "Breaking the Dish"

Yesterday was the 89th anniversary of the Great Kanto Earthquake, the seismic event that destroyed Tokyo at the end of the Taisho Period. At the beginning of the Emperor Taisho's reign, however, 12 years before, the nation was rocked by shock waves of a different kind - the radical cultural ideas and avant-garde art movements that were sweeping through Europe. Just…


Added by John Paul Catton on September 2, 2012 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

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