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Japanese Ukiyo-e: Savoring the moon and adrift within the world of reality

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Japanese Ukiyo-e: Savoring the moon and adrift within the world of reality  Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times The amazing aspect of ukiyo-e is that nothing is hidden and you can witness stunning landscapes, the world of sinister ghosts, elegant fashion, beautiful ladies, murders, military ventures, holy religious leaders, strong images of sexuality whereby nothing […]

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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 Ukiyo-e in a Changing Artistic Landscape: Chikanobu and the Impact of Modernity

Japanese Ukiyo-e in a Changing Artistic Landscape: Chikanobu and the Impact of Modernity Lee Jay Walker Modern Tokyo Times Yoshu Chikanobu (Toyohara Chikanobu) lived between 1838 and 1912 and much of his art highlights the changing nature of Japan. The opening up of the land of the rising sun after the Meiji Restoration provided many […]

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Bonsai Trees in Japanese Prints: Small is Beautiful

Bonsai Trees in Japanese Prints – Small is Beautiful By toshidama I suppose that if you were to ask most people about traditional Japanese culture, they would talk about geishas and samurai, sushi, kimonos and bonsai trees. It’s likely though that few people would know much about the bonsai tree and probably would not have seen one. […]

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Japanese art: Woodblock Prints and the Work of Paul Morrison

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There – Not There – Woodblock Prints and the Work of Paul Morrison By toshidama In ukiyo-e, as in all prints produced from blocks, there is little margin for hesitation – no grey area for the artist to prevaricate. In relief printing at its most basic, there is only the presence of a mark (black or […]

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Japanese Prints in Context: Kunisada Warriors

Japanese Prints In Context – Kunisada Warriors By toshidama It’s a fact of history that it is not always the person that first conceived something that is remembered so much as the person who made it famous. In ukiyo-e, this is particularly true of one of the nineteenth century’s most lasting and noticeable genres – the musha-e or warrior […]

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Japanese art: On Being a Picture Dealer & The Trouble With Hiroshige

On Being a Picture Dealer & The Trouble With Hiroshige By toshidama I’ve combined two posts here because they are related. To start with I’d like to look at the relationships between dealer, artwork, value and marketplace. Let’s start with the dealer. As in every walk of life, no two dealers or galleries are the same, […]

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Japanese Art and Ukiyo-e: Ghost of Koheiji by Konishi Hirosada and Evil Akuba

Japanese Art and Ukiyo-e: Ghost of Koheiji by Konishi Hirosada and 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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Giant Spiders & Obscure Meanings in Japanese Prints Part I (ukiyo-e)

Giant Spiders – Obscure Meanings in Japanese Prints Part I By Alex Faulkner   Toshidama Gallery   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 […]

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