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Bandits and Warlords. Fighting men in Japanese prints.

The Toshidama Gallery is showing a collection of prints featuring aggressive and violent folk heroes and warlords. The selection looks at how the populace of Edo expressed their frustration with the government and with the increasingly corrupt samurai class. As … Continue reading

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Kuniyoshi to Yoshitoshi – Reviving the Warrior Tradition

The new show just open at Toshidama Gallery is on the subject of musha-e, or warrior prints.  With images from the earliest part of the nineteenth century, such as the Shuntei pictured left, to the masterful Yoshitoshi woodblock prints from … Continue reading

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Tomoe Gozen – Woman Warrior

It is so easy to miss what’s going on in Japanese prints – sometimes just looking hard isn’t enough. There are two prints on this page, one is of a female warrior battling a man and the other is of … Continue reading

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Otokodate – Black Sheep of the Floating World

                  It’s easy to use a phrase over and over without ever really thinking about it or explaining it in any great detail. The word Otokodate is one such instance and I … Continue reading

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Japanese Prints In Context – Kunisada Warriors

It’s a fact of history that it is not always the person that first conceived something that is remembered so much as the person who made it famous. In ukiyo-e, this is particularly true of one of the nineteenth century’s … Continue reading

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Japanese Tattoos – The Persistent Hero

Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was (perhaps) a great warrior, one of a great band of men – legendary, brave, skillful and outlawed – who saved China from invasion, who righted wrongs and stood up for … Continue reading

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Death of Kuniyoshi

Kuniyoshi, Mitsukuni defying the skeleton spectre invoked by princess Takiyasha Something not much commemorated this year is the 150th anniversary of the death of Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Kuniyoshi was one of Japan’s greatest artists and his legacy of rich designs cannot … Continue reading

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Ukiyo-e… Fame

Here is the video to accompany the latest show at the Toshidama Gallery: “Personalities of Edo: the Cult of Celebrity in Japanese Woodblock Prints”.  All the prints seen in the video are available for purchase.

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Keanu Reeves and the 47 Ronin

47 Ronin cast So, the greatest of all Japanese folk tales is to be re-imagined at a cost of 175 million dollars. November 2012 sees the 3D release of the latest of nine film versions of The Revenge of 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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