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Onnagata – Gender in Kabuki and Japanese Prints

Kunichika, Scene from the Play ‘Ashiya Doman Ouchi Kagami’, 1881     We have written extensively on our gallery blogs about the onnagata – male kabuki actors who take female roles. There is something unique in the representations of gender … Continue reading

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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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Toshidama Gallery in Acne Paper

Toshidama Gallery is featured in the highly regarded Acne Paper magazine, issue 15, which is published this month. Gallery director Alex Faulkner is interviewed by film maker and writer Lisa Rovner about the role of onnagata in kabuki theatre and … 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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Toshidama Gallery in 2013

We would like to wish all the readers of our blogs a very happy season’s greetings and a prosperous New Year. We should also like to thank all our clients who have bought prints from the gallery in 2012 for … Continue reading

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Nigao – True Likeness in Japanese Prints

How important is a likeness in a work of art? Maybe not as important as it seems; elsewhere on this site we’ve looked at how potentially disastrous it would be to use Hiroshige’s 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road as … Continue reading

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Boys and Girls… Gender, Kabuki and Japanese Prints

Japanese prints can be confusing territory for those seeking certainty. Artists of the ukiyo-e revelled in “look and compare” pictures or mitate-e as it is called. Borrowing from the traditions of poetry, mitate-e pictures play ironically with the knowingness of … Continue reading

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