Sunday, November 28, 2010

Kaii Higashiyama

Wonder why some of the best programs on NHK are broadcast late at night...

 In Japan, as is the case in India, prime-time national television seems to be reserved for mindless drivel - endless foodie shows, teenagers screaming "kawaiii!" (so cute!), and the usual line-up of show-piece occidentals holding forth on everything from current affairs to hair-styles.

If you want to see real home-grown gems, perhaps its better to hit the remote-control early in the morning (kids programs) or late lights (eg. the five-minute filler called "11:55")

Yesterday they were showing the works of a painter named Kaii Higashiyama, and the program was presented by a well known pianist, Shinya Kiyoduka. It was superb.

On the web, I could not find most of the  lithographs presented in the show, but here is one titled "Hakuba no Mori" from gallery-sakura-


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