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Kunichika and Baiko

Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), Ichimura Kakitsu, Tanosuke Sawamura, Sanjuro Seki The current exhibition which opens on the 20th of May 2016 at the Toshidama Gallery is looking at the work of Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900), and his colleagues at the close of … 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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Techniques in Japanese Woodblock Prints III – Mica

Printing With Mica (Kirazuri) You may have come across Japanese prints which are described as having mica as a feature of a special or deluxe edition. There was a craze for mica prints in the late eighteenth century, most famously … Continue reading

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