Category Archives: Suikoden

Kuniyoshi to Yoshitoshi – Reviving the Warrior Tradition

The new show just open at Toshidama Gallery is on the subject of musha-e, or warrior prints.  With images from the earliest part of the nineteenth century, such as the Shuntei pictured left, to the masterful Yoshitoshi woodblock prints from … Continue reading

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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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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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Keanu Reeves and the 47 Ronin

47 Ronin cast So, the greatest of all Japanese folk tales is to be re-imagined at a cost of 175 million dollars. November 2012 sees the 3D release of the latest of nine film versions of The Revenge of the … Continue reading

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Heroes and Villains – the Fantastical World of Samurai Prints

Here is the Samurai video we made to coincide with the current show at the gallery, on our Blip tv channel. [blip.tv ?posts_id=4875489&dest=-1]  

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Japanese Warrior Prints – Reverie and Reportage

Woodblock prints of Japanese warriors tended to dominate the ukiyo-e scene from the 1820’s until nearly the end of the century. What is surprising is how so many prints were produced of battles, skirmishes, victories and defeats without actually witnessing … Continue reading

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Suikoden – The Hero with 108 faces

One of the four great novels of Chinese literature, Heroes of the Water Margin was written in China in the early sixteenth century about a band of 108 outlaws who defied the Song dynasty government. They were eventually pardoned and … Continue reading

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