Tag Archives: Toyohara Kunichika

Kunichika & The Meiji

May the 20th sees the launch of a new show at the Toshidama Gallery. The exhibition looks at the work of Toyohara Kunichika, (1835-1900), and his fellow artists. There are some very fine prints indeed on show and for sale, … Continue reading

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Hikimayu…Fashion Trends of the Heian Period

Kunichika (1835-1900) Thirty-six Good and Evil Beauties: Shirabyoshi Dancer on a Boat, 1876. I love this series of prints by Kunichika. It’s called 36 Good and Evil Beauties and is one of his finest series of woodblock prints. Each print, … Continue reading

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Kunichika and The Masu Rice Measure

Kunichika (1835-1900)  Uesugi Kenshin and Takeda Shingen, 1882. This is a fine print, a triptych by Kunichika. The scene is from one of the many (probably terrible) melodramatic plays favoured by the kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro. Based on historic fact, … Continue reading

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Kunichika and the Japanese Firemen

Kunichika (1835-1900)  Ichikawa Kuzo III as Kinmon Tatsugoro (centre) in Kami no Megumi Wagô no Torikumi, 1864 It is always problematic to say for sure in any print, which play, which actor, which role is pictured. What with so many … Continue reading

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Toshidama… A Print per Day – Kunichika

Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) Thirty-six Good and Evil Beauties: Jigoku Dayu (Hell Courtesan) This Kunichika print of Jigoku Dayu shows her wearing a robe depicting Enma, the Japanese God of the underworld. Enma is not only the ruler but also the … Continue reading

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Toshidama… A Print per Day – Kunichika

Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)  Flowers of Edo: A Series of Chivalrous Men (Edo no hana Isami zoroi): Ichikawa Kodanji IV, 1865. What a serious fellow this is… it’s a portrait of a kabuki actor, Ichikawa Kodanji IV. Kodanji was a tragic … Continue reading

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Toshidama… A Print per Day – Kunichika

Kunichika, 36 Good and Evil Beauties – Kiyoshi Hikariin The fine Kunichika print from a series of vengeful and noble women, features a brilliant yellow folding screen in the background. People often wonder what the story is behind so many … Continue reading

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2012 – The Olympics and Neck Wrestling

A little post to mark the occasion of the Olympic Games in London which start today. Sports don’t figure very highly in the art of Japan. In the west, we are accustomed to the body being worshipped for what it … 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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Beauty and Violence: Kinbaku, The Art of Japanese Rope Bondage

There is a vogue right now for a practice called Kinbaku or Japanese Rope Bondage. It involves a mainly public display of clothed and naked women being tied in elaborate ways with metres and metres of natural rope, bound, wound … Continue reading

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