Somewhat related to the (now) four tragedies in Japan of the past year is one of my student’s upcoming art exhibit. Her artistic style has been very influenced by the events of the past year, I think her work is quite moving. She has explained to me in the past that her paintings used to be a bit more simple, but, constantly evolving, she has been inspired by the mood of Japan. Fittingly, she uses very traditional materials and colors.
People here are often quite passionate, despite their outward appearance. She is as such. She is also very talented and someone who is easy to look up to.
If you happen to be in New York, please check it out. It starts February 10th. Details here.