Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Japanorama Season 03 Episode 03 J-Art (Japanese Pop Art) - [2 April 2007]

Japanorama is a series of documentaries presented by Jonathan Ross, exploring various facets of popular culture and trends of modern-day Japan. 
Each episode had a theme, around which he presented cultural phenomena, films, music, and art that exemplify facets of Japan. The series was colourful in both its creative use of subject matter, and its use of bright colours that helped accent the action on screen rather than distract from it. Subjects were separated by eye catches that often featured the artwork of Junko Mizuno. Ross hosted each episode in suits so bright and stylised they could have been stolen from ananime character.
Fans have credited the series for the care that both Ross and the BBC have placed in its production. Time was given to delve into each subject, and he was able to interview various figureheads of culture and industry, including Mamoru OshiiHayao MiyazakiTakeshi KitanoTakashi Miike with Takashi Murakamiand Sonny Chiba.
The theme song of the show was Kiyoshi no zundoko bushi by Kiyoshi Hikawa.
Japanorama consisted of three series, each with six episodes. The first series was shown on BBC Choice in 2002, while series 2 and 3 were shown on BBC Three in 2006[1] and 2007 respectively.[2]

Japanorama Season 03 Episode 03 J-Art (Japanese Pop Art)

Culture: Takashi Murakami's "Superflat" style of subversive characters derived from Manga and Anime, turned into merchandise
Culture: Gesai #10, Tokyo fair for young artists, 2006
Culture: Toast Girl uses household items for performance art
Culture: Yoshitomo Nara and his paintings with dark child-like figures
Culture: Toy-art, collectible figures created in limited editions
Culture: Tomohiro Yasui creates paper figures of wrestling robots
Culture: Hard Gay's paintings and sculpture, showing a giant anus
Culture: Keiichi Tanaami has created colorful psychedelic art since the late 1960s.

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