Tag Archives: Yoshiiku

A Teahouse of the August Moon…

Well, not quite. I wanted to look at a new print at the Toshidama Gallery; a superb Yoshikazu image of a teahouse in Yokohama from 1861. It’s an outstanding image, it opens up an impossible series of spaces, bridges, walkways, … Continue reading

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Japanese Portraiture and the Graven Image

I’m being a little disingenuous with the title of this piece… there’s an intended pun on gravure (from relief printing) and the idea of a graven image (something carved and to be worshipped) – the word is also used in … Continue reading

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The Japanese Zodiac – Animals in Ukiyo-e

Eisen, Tiger in Bamboo The subject of the Japanese (Chinese) zodiac would take many hundreds of pages accurately to describe. It is a complex system of Buddhist symbolism, planetary observation and Imperial obeisance. The Japanese Zodiac and calendar were introduced … Continue reading

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13 Assassins – or maybe 17?

The London billboards are plastered with movie posters right now, advertising the new Japanese film 13 Assassins by the renowned film-maker Toshiaki Nakazawa. Regular readers of this blog will be already familiar with the Japanese history of The Revenge of … Continue reading

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GAUGUIN IN PRINT…

…or maybe that should be prints in Gauguin…Japanese prints, that is. There’s a big show of Paul Gauguin’s paintings at the Tate Gallery in London this month. He’s a little overlooked compared to contemporaries such as Van Gogh so the … Continue reading

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