Japan is a country of drastic contrasts: bearing rich cultural heritage and historic traditions it has been also exposed to contemporary thought, and has got the Western – American influence in recent years. Japan – country, surpassing many others in terms of technology, medicine, civil infrastructure. Country with many facets, each of them is imbued with the mystery of “Nippon”, enigmatic phenomenon of truly Japanese origin, and is worth discovering….
We are glad to introduce our Japanese insider, the journalist, photographer, researcher, and the student of Tokyo Language School, MANABO, Rustem Khafizov, who speaks Japanese fluently, studies in the very centre of Japan and shares his own discoveries of this enigmatic country with Us!
Tints of Art: Paradise of Pigments in Tokyo
BY RUSTEM KHAFIZOV
Tokyo is full of surprises: there is almost everything for everyone. Amid the bustling city with islands of serenity a rare breed of shop has opened recently: “Over 4200 colors of pigments, more than 200 antique ink sticks and 50 kinds of animal glues.” Represented in numerous tints of art, that’s Pigment, an art supply store that has set up shop in Shinagawa district of Tokyo. The store also stocks inkstones, washi paper, frames and canvases, looking more than a shop but also like an amazing museum, a true gem for art-lovers!
Words are useless when it comes to such an exciting views: enjoy some spectacular photos hereby to delve into the realm of Pigments!
A true Paradise of Pigments…
Numerous Brushes for Creative Artists…
Universe of Colours!
Plethora of Pigments just evokes the desire of becoming an Artist! 🙂
Whichever tint you wish…
Pigment shop is a reflection of Japan in some sense: it is diverse in its tints but also remains traditional and conventional in its structure and interior. The shop was designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma, whose work connects ancient principles of Japanese art and philosophy to the contemporary day. It’s simple, natural, and basic but elegant too, which may be also linked with Japanese ideological concept of ”wabi-sabi”, meaning the modest beauty. The store is made almost entirely of bamboo with gently waving lines, lots of open space, and light, providing an insight into the Japanese culture.
Last but not least – truly great news for our dearest readers who Go Global Living Local – the store does ship art supplies ordered online!
…And some emerald-green tints giving the sense of Cyprus Pigments for a colourful ending!
Hope that you enjoyed this Photo Report, provided by our Japanese Insider, Rustem Khafizov, from Tokyo! You are welcome to leave comments or write us directly firstname.lastname@example.org for any suggestions.