Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fans of War and Other Decorative Pleasures

People not intimate with Japanese culture will nevertheless be familiar with the Japanese fan. Both the folding fan (ogi) or the fixed, rigid fan (uchiwa) with a decorative scene printed on the paper cover are still commonplace gifts all over … Continue reading

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Onnagata – A Woman’s Manner

Kunisada, Iwai Kumesaburo III as Benten Kozo Literally “woman’s manner” (onna kata), the use of male actors for female roles in kabuki theatre is one of the most confusing obstacles in viewing Japanese prints. In some prints the obvious theatricality; … Continue reading

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