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Japanese Art and Fashion Through the Eyes of Torii Kiyonaga

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Japanese Art and Fashion Through the Eyes of Torii Kiyonaga  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) was an extremely stylish ukiyo-e artist who belonged to the Torii school. His rise to the top of this school highlights many aspects of Japanese culture within the art world because he wasn’t related to the Torii […]

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Japanese Art: Before and After Hirosada

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Before and After Hirosada  By toshidama There is a clear division in the design and the feel of Osaka prints that occurs at around 1840. This is in part due to the hiatus caused by the notorious attempts by the failing Japanese administration to censor the arts – particularly the theatre – as part of a […]

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Hair of the Dog… Japanese Hairstyling in History (Japanese Art)

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Hair of the Dog… Japanese Hairstyling in History By toshidama 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 this print shines – the dense and crashing […]

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Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Fashion in the Edo Period

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Torii Kiyonaga and Japanese Art: Bijinga and Fashion in the Edo Period Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815) was an extremely stylish ukiyo-e artist who belonged to the Torii school. His rise to the top of this school highlights many aspects of Japanese culture within the art world because he wasn’t related to […]

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

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A Tale of the Tengu – Yoshitoshi’s Debt to Kuniyoshi by toshidama 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 of the Tengu from 1880 (above). It seems […]

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Ogata Gekko and the Changing Sands of Japanese Art in the Meiji Era

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Ogata Gekko and the Changing Sands of Japanese Art in the Meiji Era  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The life of Ogata Gekko is extremely fascinating because he lived during a period of momentous times in Japan. He was born in 1859 during the Edo Period but the Meiji Restoration of 1868 would usher […]

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Konishi Hirosada and the Ghost of Koheiji: Buddhism, Shintoism and the Evil Akuba

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Konishi Hirosada and the Ghost of Koheiji: Buddhism, Shintoism and the Evil Akuba Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The power of the Shinto faith runs deep throughout the fabric of Japanese religion, folklore, culture and other important aspects of society. Buddhism which emanated from outside of Japan would also greatly impact itself within the […]

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Japanese Culture and Art in Full Bloom: Isoda Koryusai

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Japanese Culture and Art in Full Bloom: Isoda Koryusai Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Isoda Koryusai (1735-1790) produced many stunning pieces of art related to culture, females, norms within high culture, and other important areas. Unlike most ukiyo-e artists, Isoda Koryusai was born into an elite samurai household and this aspect certainly influenced his […]

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Japanese Art and Culture: Bathers and Echoes in Japanese Prints and Beyond

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Bathers and Echoes in Japanese Prints and Beyond By Alex Faulkner   toshidama As regular readers will know, reference, allusion and quotation are an embedded part of Japanese visual culture. Indeed, the Chazen Museum of Art, Wisconsin recently put on a blockbuster show on this very theme, Competition and Collaboration: Japanese Prints of the Tokugawa School. […]

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Japanese art and Yoshitoshi: Rising Above Health Issues, Poverty and Changing World

Japanese art and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: Rising Above Health Issues, Poverty and Changing World Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The artist Tsukioka Yoshitoshi was a great innovator within the world of ukiyo-e and he produced around 10,000 prints during his lifetime.  Yoshitoshi (1839-1892) was born during a period of rapid change and this applies to […]

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