Monthly Archives: October 2011

Japanese Prints In Context – Kunisada Warriors

It’s a fact of history that it is not always the person that first conceived something that is remembered so much as the person who made it famous. In ukiyo-e, this is particularly true of one of the nineteenth century’s … Continue reading

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Techniques in Japanese Prints IV – Bokashi

Bokashi (shading) Probably the most common advanced technique in woodblock prints is termed bokashi which means shading or transition. It is so universal in some artists’ work that it seems barely noticeable but it nevertheless provides extraordinary variety and depth … Continue reading

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Imaginary Journeys – Hiroshige’s Tokaido Road

There are two recent publications celebrating Hiroshige’s views of Japan: Nancy Gaffield’s poem cycle Tokaido Road (C B Editions £7.99) and Taschen’s Hiroshige – 100 Famous Views of Edo. The former is an imaginary journey along the famous Tokaido highway; … Continue reading

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Japanese Tattoos – The Persistent Hero

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was (perhaps) a great warrior, one of a great band of men – legendary, brave, skillful and outlawed – who saved China from invasion, who righted wrongs and stood up for … Continue reading

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