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Male Tragedy in Japanese Woodblock Prints

Well, I guess that it’s deeply unfashionable right now to talk of the male struggle, the tragedy of the male and so on – there’s a contemporary trend to upbraid men for being… ‘pale, male and stale’. The fact is … Continue reading

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Kinbaku Part II – Seiu Ito and his Rope Bondage Fetish

Back in 2012 I wrote a piece on Kinbaku, having spent an evening with the very charming Midori, an exponent of sexual bondage and rope play… we had dinner. At the time, I wasn’t really familiar with the art of … Continue reading

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Buying Japanese Woodblock Prints… a Print per Day at Toshidama Gallery

Chikanobu (1838 – 1912)  Jidai kagami (A mirror of the ages): The Bunsei era (1818 – 1830); Upper Inset: Dancer and people in front of a sign for nishiki-e, 1897 The photograph doesn’t do any justice at all to this … Continue reading

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Hiroshige… Japanese Tits and Kacho-e

Hiroshige (1797-1858) Kacho-e of a Great-tit on a Plum Branch, 1830’s. This is a very pretty print of a Japanese Great Tit called Parus minor, also known as the Oriental tit. Surprisingly, this inoffensive bird has been in the news … Continue reading

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Karazuri – A Print per Day

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865) Bando Hikosaburo as Naosuke from Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan,  c 1863 The fabulous double portrait by Kunisada features some very spectacular incised decoration in the surface of the print itself, around the hair of the standing figure. This … Continue reading

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Kunisada… Namazu and Giant Catfish

Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865)  Ichikawa Danzo Subduing a Giant Catfish, c1820. Once again, Japan has been struck by a catastrophic earthquake. The mid-April quakes that hit the southern island of Kyushu, caused much devastation with at least 34 people thought to … Continue reading

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Toshidama… A Print per Day – Kunichika

Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)  Flowers of Edo: A Series of Chivalrous Men (Edo no hana Isami zoroi): Ichikawa Kodanji IV, 1865. What a serious fellow this is… it’s a portrait of a kabuki actor, Ichikawa Kodanji IV. Kodanji was a tragic … Continue reading

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