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The Warrior Sensibility in Japanese Prints

Kunichika, Minamoto no Yoshiie and Ino Hayata Hunting the Nue Kunisada, Narita no Shinzo The current exhibition at Toshidama Gallery is called The Warrior Sensibility in Japanese Prints. The twenty-four prints by seven artists cover the bulk of the nineteenth … Continue reading

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Conflict in 19th Century Japanese Prints

Kiyochika, The Battle of Kawanakajima, 1890 The current show at the Toshidama Gallery looks at prints which seem to have conflict as their central concern. It was not a tricky selection to make! Huge numbers of ukiyo-e are concerned with … Continue reading

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Kuniyoshi’s Men

Kuniyoshi, 108 Suikoden – Saijinki Kwakusei The current show at the Toshidama Gallery presents twenty-four exceptional prints by Kuniyoshi. All of them have in common the primacy of the male protagonist. The male in Kuniyoshi’s world is by no means … Continue reading

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Hair of the Dog… Japanese Hairstyling in History

Here is a really great Japanese woodblock print… it depicts an actor playing the role of Moriguchi Kuro, a hero from the great Japanese novel Hakkenden inu no soshi no uchi  (The Story of the Eight Dog Heroes). Everything about … Continue reading

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A Tale of the Tengu – Yoshitoshi’s Debt to Kuniyoshi

Toshidama Gallery are celebrating the work of Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839 – 1892) this month with a show of twenty-one of his woodblock prints. One of the best pieces in the exhibition is Ushiwaka Maru learns Martial Arts From Sojobo, King … Continue reading

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Yoshitoshi – His Debt to Kuniyoshi at The Toshidama Gallery

Yoshitoshi, Ushiwaka Maru learns Martial Arts from the King of the Tengu The very singular work of the Japanese print artist Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839 – 1892) has its roots in the Utagawa School tradition of Japanese woodblock printmaking and its … Continue reading

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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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Tall Tales and Japanese Woodblock Prints

Benkei and Yoshitsune and the Fight at Gojo Bridge Some stories persist; immune to cultural change, embroidered and adapted to different times, rising and falling in popularity and sometimes losing touch completely with their origins and their roots. None of … Continue reading

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Utagawa Kunisada/Toyokuni III (1786-1865)  Fight on Benkei’s Bridge, 1860

There’s a lot of history and myth making to catch up with in this very fine print. First of all, what is it… what’s going on… how do we find out more? Well, what we can see is two strong … Continue reading

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