Monthly Archives: February 2011

Suikoden – The Hero with 108 faces

One of the four great novels of Chinese literature, Heroes of the Water Margin was written in China in the early sixteenth century about a band of 108 outlaws who defied the Song dynasty government. They were eventually pardoned and … Continue reading

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West Meets East in Japanese Prints (earlier than expected)

Most people tend to think of Japan as being sealed from the rest of the world until Commander Perry’s famous gunboat diplomacy of 1854. This is true in the main but there are notable examples of Dutch fraternisation prior to … Continue reading

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Madame Butterfly and Kunichika’s Strong Women

  This month, the Royal Albert Hall in London celebrates the work of Puccini with a production of Madame Butterfly. This famous opera, written in 1904 has many merits as a piece of music but also raises interesting questions about … Continue reading

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