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Kunichika & The Meiji

May the 20th sees the launch of a new show at the Toshidama Gallery. The exhibition looks at the work of Toyohara Kunichika, (1835-1900), and his fellow artists. There are some very fine prints indeed on show and for sale, … Continue reading

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Hikimayu…Fashion Trends of the Heian Period

Kunichika (1835-1900) Thirty-six Good and Evil Beauties: Shirabyoshi Dancer on a Boat, 1876. I love this series of prints by Kunichika. It’s called 36 Good and Evil Beauties and is one of his finest series of woodblock prints. Each print, … Continue reading

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Gajo – Traditional Bindings for Japanese Woodblock Prints

Eisen, Geisha There’s a fantastic feeling that you get when you hold a perfect ukiyo print in your hands, one that has escaped the ravages of time. Edo (Tokyo) has been plagued by fires which were so frequent in 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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Madame Butterfly and Kunichika’s Strong Women

  This month, the Royal Albert Hall in London celebrates the work of Puccini with a production of Madame Butterfly. This famous opera, written in 1904 has many merits as a piece of music but also raises interesting questions about … Continue reading

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Kunichika at The Toshidama Gallery

“‘A gorgeous view, a gorgeous view, even a thousand pieces of gold is too little to pay for spring’s splendid scenery.” So remarked Ishikawa Goemon, looking out from on top of Nanzen-ji temple’s Sanmon Gate. How wonderful that Toyohara Kunchika … Continue reading

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