Category Archives: Utagawa Yoshiiku

Japanese Portraiture and the Graven Image

I’m being a little disingenuous with the title of this piece… there’s an intended pun on gravure (from relief printing) and the idea of a graven image (something carved and to be worshipped) – the word is also used in … Continue reading

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The Japanese Zodiac – Animals in Ukiyo-e

Eisen, Tiger in Bamboo The subject of the Japanese (Chinese) zodiac would take many hundreds of pages accurately to describe. It is a complex system of Buddhist symbolism, planetary observation and Imperial obeisance. The Japanese Zodiac and calendar were introduced … Continue reading

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13 Assassins – or maybe 17?

The London billboards are plastered with movie posters right now, advertising the new Japanese film 13 Assassins by the renowned film-maker Toshiaki Nakazawa. Regular readers of this blog will be already familiar with the Japanese history of The Revenge of … 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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GAUGUIN IN PRINT…

…or maybe that should be prints in Gauguin…Japanese prints, that is. There’s a big show of Paul Gauguin’s paintings at the Tate Gallery in London this month. He’s a little overlooked compared to contemporaries such as Van Gogh so the … Continue reading

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