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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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Toshidama… A Print per Day – Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) Famous Places in the Eastern Capital (Toto no Meisho): The Spiral Hall of the Temple of the Five Hundred Arhats, Oban. 1834. This lovely, lovely print by Hiroshige is of a strange place indeed… one that no … Continue reading

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Toshidama… A Print per Day – Kunichika

Kunichika, 36 Good and Evil Beauties – Kiyoshi Hikariin The fine Kunichika print from a series of vengeful and noble women, features a brilliant yellow folding screen in the background. People often wonder what the story is behind so many … Continue reading

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Toshidama Gallery… A Print per Day – Chikanobu

Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 – 1912)  Jidai kagami (A Mirror of the Ages) The Tenwa Era This blog has been dormant for a while because of other commitments at the gallery. We are relaunching it this week to coincide with a … Continue reading

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Five Years of the Toshidama Gallery

It’s been 5 year since the Toshidama Gallery launched its online gallery, with themed virtual exhibitions and extensive catalogue notes, and to celebrate we are holding a show looking back over the past five years – and offering an extra … Continue reading

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Dekiyo-e – The Horror, The Horror!

Alex Faulkner interviewed by Chris Bucklow. Alex Faulkner is the creative director of the Toshidama Gallery and an expert on nineteenth century Japanese prints. Alex is also a practising artist. Christopher Bucklow is an artist of international standing and an … Continue reading

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Three Women from the 100 Ogura Poets

The current show at the Toshidama Gallery has three sheets from the peerless series of woodblock prints A Comparison of the Ogura One Hundred Poets of 1847. This series of 100 prints is one of the outstanding achievements of woodblock … Continue reading

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Lost in The Realm of the Senses

“… living only for the moment, savouring the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms, and the maple leaves, singing songs, drinking sake, and diverting oneself just in floating, unconcerned by the prospect of imminent poverty, buoyant and carefree, like a gourd … Continue reading

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The Enigmatic Japanese Cuckoo

For those familiar with, or interested in Japanese woodblock prints, the image of the falling cuckoo (above) will perhaps be familiar but perplexing. This enigmatic bird, drawn identically each time, appears in woodblock prints from the early 1830’s right into … Continue reading

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