Monthly Archives: November 2010

David Bowie… Pop Goes Kabuki

Ukiyo-e artists have used kabuki, (traditional Japanese theatre) as subject matter for their woodblock prints more or less since its inception in the seventeenth century. David Bowie started experimenting with kabuki for his stage shows in 1973. By the time … Continue reading

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Women and the Floating World

I guess it is to be both anticipated and regretted that the women of Japan who were once the great writers and poets and priestesses, not to say robbers and warriors of their culture, should have been reduced by the … Continue reading

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The Army beneath the Waves

We’re showing two prints in the current exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery which commemorate the battle of Dan-no-ura from 1185. This legend is part historical fact, part myth and part ghost story. Interestingly, it is also the subject of a … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Japan

Here’s a chance to catch up on our Halloween video…

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A birthday wave to Hokusai

We can’t let this month go by without acknowledging the 250th birthday of Katsushika Hokusai. He’s probably the most reproduced of all Japanese artists and you can find his Great Wave at Kanagawa in everything from posters to shoes and … Continue reading

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