Monthly Archives: June 2011

Tall Tales and Japanese Woodblock Prints

Benkei and Yoshitsune and the Fight at Gojo Bridge Some stories persist; immune to cultural change, embroidered and adapted to different times, rising and falling in popularity and sometimes losing touch completely with their origins and their roots. None of … Continue reading

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Keanu Reeves and the 47 Ronin

47 Ronin cast So, the greatest of all Japanese folk tales is to be re-imagined at a cost of 175 million dollars. November 2012 sees the 3D release of the latest of nine film versions of The Revenge of the … Continue reading

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“Paris Syndrome” – Culture Clashes From East to West

The BBC has reported on a serious issue that affects Japanese when travelling to Europe – so called ‘Paris Syndrome’. Being careful here not ruffle anyone’s feathers, this manifests itself as an antipathy between East and West – something that … Continue reading

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Bathers and Echoes in Japanese Prints and Beyond

As regular readers will know, reference, allusion and quotation are an embedded part of Japanese visual culture. Indeed, the Chazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin recently put on a blockbuster show on this very theme, Competition and Collaboration: Japanese Prints of … Continue reading

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Japonisme? – non merci: “The Cult of Beauty” at the V&A London

The Cult of Beauty exhibition currently showing at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London is a disappointing affair, looking in detail at the mainly British Aesthetic Movement which flourished in the very late nineteenth century. The most obvious problem … Continue reading

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