Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

In the News / Mika Toba: Japanese Dyeing Art Captures Old Vietnam

Newspaper article The Daily Yomiuri (Toyko, Japan)

In the News / Mika Toba: Japanese Dyeing Art Captures Old Vietnam

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OSAKA--Using a traditional Japanese dyeing method called katazome, Mika Toba, 52, has been depicting scenery from Vietnam in her works for 20 years. Toba's exhibition, "Sceneries Remained--Forever in One's Soul" will begin at the Fine Arts Museum of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam on Saturday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Japan-Vietnam diplomatic relations. The exhibition is the ultimate compilation of her life's work.

When Toba searched for a way of expressing herself, she found Vietnam an appealing muse during her trip there. Back then, the country was on the eve of economic growth. However, scars of the Vietnam War remained vivid in the townscapes amid a mixture of Chinese, French and Vietnamese cultures.

Since then, Toba has visited Vietnam more than 50 times and committed to creating as many new artworks as possible out of a desire to keep the scenery in her mind for as long as possible "before [economic] development changes it."

A total of 31 of her artworks, including those depicting a barracks set up on water, and a bullet-pocked church, will be on display in the exhibition. …

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