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The Same But Different – Looking for Archetypes in Japanese Art

Yoshikazu, The Battle of Dan-no-Ura of 1185 – the hero Yoshitsune performs his 8-boat leap When putting together the current show at the Toshidama Gallery, I was struck by how archetypal are the figures in Japanese mythology (here I mean … Continue reading

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Kuniyoshi to Yoshitoshi – Reviving the Warrior Class

Yoshitora, Attack on a Castle, 1864 Cultures turn to mythologies for reassurance – myths define us like daydreams, they show us how we might be. In England, (where we were recently reminded of all those knights in armour at Prime … Continue reading

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Giant Spiders – Obscure Meanings in Japanese Prints Part I

Arachnophobes – which I’m afraid includes me! – should look away now. Ukiyo-e is littered with the corpses and the dripping fangs of over-sized and fantastical spiders. Something one notices immediately is how similar they all look and also how … Continue reading

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