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KANSAI&WEST / Braille power changing perceptions 
Jun 4, 2009 by Yomiuri

Kahori Sakane Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer

OSAKA--To mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille, the man who devised the raised- point reading and writing system for the blind, the National Museum of Ethnology is preparing a special exhibition emphasizing the advantages brought by the inability to see.
"Society has long considered the visually impaired to be weak," said Kojiro Hirose, associate professor of the museum in Suita, Osaka Prefecture, who is himself blind. ... 

Rare hanging scroll of blue deity to be displayed 
May.28, 2009 by Yomiuri

The Yomiuri Shimbun

KYOTO--A hanging scroll depicting a guardian deity that is rarely shown to the public will be exhibited in autumn at Shoren-in temple in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.
The scroll dating from the mid-Heian period (794-1192) has been preserved as a hidden treasure at the monzeki temple of the Tendai Sect, which has close ties to the Imperial family.
The 2-meter by 1.5-meter scroll features a fierce seated cetaka (a guardian deity) painted in bluish black against a backdrop of flame. The Blue Cetaka painting at the temple is known as one of the nation's three major cetaka paintings and has been designated a national treasure. ...

A-bomb pianos promote music of peace 
May.28, 2009 by Yomiuri

Maki Hirukawa Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

HIROSHIMA--A man who repairs pianos damaged in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima has established a fund to support his goal of staging a concert in the United States with one of the reconditioned instruments in order to promote peace and nuclear disarmament.
Mitsunori Yagawa, a 57-year-old piano tuner of Asa-Minami Ward in Hiroshima, hopes donations to the fund will enable him to realize his plan as early as autumn 2010.
"I look forward to seeing the reaction of children in the United States as they listen to the piano," said Yagawa, whose parents were affected by the 1945 bombing. ...

Computer technology used for 3D designs 
May.28, 2009 by Yomiuri

Hiroko Ihara Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer

TOYOOKA, Hyogo--Keiichiro Yuri, 46, a Toyooka native who recently began manufacturing bags, earned his hometown a bit of recognition earlier this year by applying computer technology to bag design.
The "New Dalles" bag, produced by his company, Artphere, was given the prestigious iF Product Design Award, hosted by the International Forum Design Hannover in Germany. The product is the first Japanese bag to win the award.
Yuri works with local craftspeople separately from the local bag association. ... 

Is this luxury? 
May.23, 2009 by Yomiuri

Soko Nakadate / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer
Luxury, according to Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, is defined as "something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary." But is that really all there is to it?
This is the question that came to mind as I took in Luxury in Fashion Reconsidered, an exhibit running until Sunday at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto. The show, which will travel to Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo from Oct. 31, features 83 items--including clothing and accessories from as far back as the 17th century--that have embodied extravagance, creating an opportunity for visitors to ponder the very meaning of luxury. ... 

Adriana Karembeu: A career with legs 
May.23, 2009 by Yomiuri

Ikuko Kitagawa / Daily Yomiuri Staff Writer

As often happens, one job leads to another that leads to another, be it by luck or pluck. Planting her long legs in the former group is top model Adriana Karembeu.
Spotted by a French modeling agency almost 20 years ago on the streets of Prague, the 38-year-old Slovakian has since found herself appearing on TV and in film, as well as serving as a French Red Cross goodwill ambassador, and now launching her own brand of cosmetics and spas in 15 countries. What did all this stem from? Well, Karembeu was lucky enough to have been born with what are called the longest legs in the world. ...
By T.S. on Jun 6, 2009
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