Monthly Archives: October 2012

Magical Foxes Always Ring Twice

There is a curious story concerning the electrification of Japan and the introduction of the earliest telegraphic service in Japan in 1869. The story neatly shows the clash of the old, traditional values and superstitions and the resistance that many, … Continue reading

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Art of the Meiji – The Empire Strikes Back

Baido, Actors in a Kabuki Drama, 1890 Toshidama Gallery is currently showing an exhibition of twenty-two great woodblock prints of the Meiji period. The history of art appreciation – connoisseurship – is often a story of snobbery, misplaced enthusiasms and … Continue reading

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