Jack Halpern is the CEO of the CJK Dictionary Institute in Japan, which specializes in the compilation of CJK (Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) and Arabic lexical databases and is one of the world’s prime sources of CJK dictionaries. A lexicographer by profession, Halpern spent sixteen years compiling the New Japanese-English Character Dictionary published in the U.S. by NTC/McGraw-Hill in 1994. As a research fellow at Showa Women’s University in Tokyo, he was the editor-in-chief of several kanji dictionaries for learners, which have become standard reference works. Halpern has published over twenty books, including The Kodansha Kanji Learner’s Dictionary: Revised and Expanded and The Kodansha Kanji Dictionary as well as numerous articles. He has given over 600 public lectures on Japanese language and culture, and presented several dozen papers at international conferences. Jack Halpern has lived in Japan for over 30 years. He was born in Germany and lived in six countries including France, Brazil, and the U.S. An avid polyglot, he has studied fifteen languages (fluent in ten). - See more at: http://www.kodanshausa.com/books/9781568364087/#sthash.OqcK8Jan.dpuf
ADELE. . . KATY PERRY. . . KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN. . . ARTIST YAYOI KUSAMA IS IN GOOD COMPANY THESE DAYS.
Yayoi Kusama (Hi, Konnichiwa) has been a media darling for almost 60 years, when she took the art world by storm as a pioneer of the Pop, Environmental, and Performance Art movements in New York.
Now, once again, we’re buzzing about Kusama, and her dazzling installation “Infinity Mirrored Room” at the new Broad Museum in L.A. – thanks to a number of high-profile fans of the work.
It started with a visit by Kourtney Kardashian, who took her kids to the museum for the day. http://www.eonline.com/news/741849/kourtney-kardashian-takes-her-kids-to-popular-los-angeles-art-museum-for-one-epic-day-date-with-mom
Then Katy Perry posted a photo on Instagram, adding to the A-list of approval. Intragramn
And finally, Adele, inspired by the imagery in Katy’s photo, filmed herself in the room, then used the footage as the backdrop for her live performance of “When We Were Young” at the BRIT Awards.
More Yayoi Kusama in the news: As a prelude to next spring’s Honolulu Biennial, the city is presenting Kusama’s “Footprints of Life,” a 15-piece installation of giant sculptures evoking the now extinct Kahuli tree snails, native only to Oahu. Kusama will also participate in the Biennial with a new commissioned work. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/07/t-magazine/art/yayoi-kusama-hawaii-honolulu-biennial.html
Tofind out more about this extraordinary artist, you’ll want to readHi, Konnichiwa, which brings together Yayoi Kusama’s vivid imagery and haunting words, along with photos of her over the years. The book offers a glimpse into the fevered imagination and creative output of this very complicated and fascinating woman. http://www.kodanshausa.com/books/9781568365381/