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Nishiki-e in Osaka and Edo

Yoshitoshi, Supernatural Beings at Shirazunoyabu in Yawata, 1881 Aha! The hated colour. A theme that we keep returning to is the ‘decadence’ of the nineteenth century Japanese woodblock print. The ‘rot’ really set in though in the eighteenth century, with … Continue reading

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Dekiyo-e: Pictures of the Drowning World

Japanese ideographs have two or more different ways to read (according to Japanese or Chinese pronunciation). Oboreru can be read as ‘deki‘ so ‘drowning world picture’ could be ‘dekiyoe‘. (Trevor Ballance, Professor of Josai International University, Department of International Exchange … Continue reading

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