Founded in 1996 under the keyword “East Meets West”, “Art Maison International” is an art book that introduces Japanese art to a wide audience. It has many readers and is highly popular in Europe and other parts of the world.
This book includes works from artists who are held in high repute by individuals and organizations related to art even outside of Japan, and well-known art critics and painters critique the charms of each artwork in order to assist in the appreciation of that respective piece.
Priority is placed on introducing the characteristics of contemporary Japanese art, in an easy-to-understand format, to art lovers around the world.
“Art Commerce HYAKUBE” is a quarterly art magazine that REIJINSHA started in April of 2007 to introduce the culture and art of various places around Japan. The main concept was based on wanting persons who are not especially interested in art to be able to naturally enter the world of art through general articles on culture. A large impetus behind the issue of this publication was a chance visit by Kazuo Noguchi, president of REIJINSHA, the publisher of this magazine, to the Niigata City Historical Museum where he rediscovered how interesting local culture can be. There is innumerable information in local areas that is not known by the country at large and, thus, the goal became to feature one of the 47 administrative divisions in each issue and interweave that with local culture and art.
The travels of Hyakube, which started from Nagasaki in the spring of 2007. So far, he has set foot in the prefectures of more than 50. “Art Commerce HYAKUBE” serves to introduce things that seem “interesting” from Hyakube’s point of view, whose main vocation is ultimately as a fine arts dealer. This is a magazine with a deep content that enables people to discover things that they think they knew but surprisingly don’t. And in the future as well, it will continue to present unique topics from an original point of view.