It has been nearly a year since we published articles on this WordPress blog. Nevertheless the Toshidama Gallery has been busier than ever elsewhere with exhibitions, publications and real world activities. This is a gratifyingly popular blog, attracting several thousand visitors per month, even without consistent updates and so we have decided to relaunch the site with regular articles as before. Toshidama Gallery deals in Japanese woodblock prints from the nineteenth century, a period sometimes called the Floating World… (a phrase that described the isolated, hedonistic world of Japanese life before the modern era) or Edo Japan, in reference to the archaic name of present day Tokyo.
Our other blog, over at e-blogger, carries catalogues for each show that the Toshidama Gallery puts online – roughly ten per year. This WordPress blog has traditionally published articles related to Ukiyo-e (Japanese prints) but not necessarily about them, something we hope to continue to do and indeed, to broaden the scope even more. The first new article therefore looks at the odd ritual implement, the khakkhara and its appearance in a photograph of the great Buddhist and Christian scholar, the late Alan Watts. I sincerely hope that the blog continues to interest and entertain in the future.