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Women of the Drowning World in Woodblock Prints.

Kunichika, The Hag of Adachi Moor. 1893 There are no pin-ups in nineteenth century Japanese prints. There aren’t any Odalisques, or Venuses departing the waves, (water cascading off cold, pert nipples); there aren’t any Susanna and the Elders or naked … 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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Onnagata – A Woman’s Manner

Kunisada, Iwai Kumesaburo III as Benten Kozo Literally “woman’s manner” (onna kata), the use of male actors for female roles in kabuki theatre is one of the most confusing obstacles in viewing Japanese prints. In some prints the obvious theatricality; … Continue reading

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Gajo – Traditional Bindings for Japanese Woodblock Prints

Eisen, Geisha There’s a fantastic feeling that you get when you hold a perfect ukiyo print in your hands, one that has escaped the ravages of time. Edo (Tokyo) has been plagued by fires which were so frequent in the … Continue reading

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“Paris Syndrome” – Culture Clashes From East to West

The BBC has reported on a serious issue that affects Japanese when travelling to Europe – so called ‘Paris Syndrome’. Being careful here not ruffle anyone’s feathers, this manifests itself as an antipathy between East and West – something that … Continue reading

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A Century of Japanese Women 1804 – 1899

Toshidama Gallery opens a new exhibition today on women in nineteenth century Japanese woodblock prints. We’ve tried to move the focus away from the classic bijin picture of graceful women of leisure to show prints of women engaged in everyday … 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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Kunichika at The Toshidama Gallery

“‘A gorgeous view, a gorgeous view, even a thousand pieces of gold is too little to pay for spring’s splendid scenery.” So remarked Ishikawa Goemon, looking out from on top of Nanzen-ji temple’s Sanmon Gate. How wonderful that Toyohara Kunchika … Continue reading

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