Category Archives: Suikoden

Bandits and Warlords. Fighting men in Japanese prints.

The Toshidama Gallery is showing a collection of prints featuring aggressive and violent folk heroes and warlords. The selection looks at how the populace of Edo expressed their frustration with the government and with the increasingly corrupt samurai class. As … Continue reading

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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.  

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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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