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Winner of Japan Journeys by Andreas Marks announced!

Winner of Japan Journeys by Andreas Marks announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered my competition for a chance to win a copy of Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks (see the review and competition post here). The winner has been selected by a random draw, and will be contacted shortly. I’m delighted to announce that the winner … Continue reading

Book Review: Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks

Book Review: Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks

Japan Journeys – Famous Woodblock Prints of Cultural Sights in Japan by Andreas Marks (Tuttle, 2015) is a beautiful book. Gathering together around two hundred Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e / 浮世絵), art historian Andreas Marks takes us on a journey through Japan’s famous sights as depicted by artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川 広重), Katsushika Hokusai … Continue reading

Exhibition: Hokusai Exposed

Exhibition: Hokusai Exposed

A really interesting sounding exhibition opened in London this weekend and, although I won’t be able to get to it myself until next week, I wanted to tell you all about it now so you can go along too. It really does sound quite special! HOKUSAI EXPOSED An Immersive Exhibition of Katsushika Hokusai Works and … Continue reading

Hokusai at the car boot sale

Hokusai at the car boot sale

I went along to a car boot sale in Bristol this morning and look what was waiting for me for the small price of £2: This ukiyo-e (浮世絵) print is ‘Tokaido Ejiri Tago-no-ura’ (東海道江尻田子の浦略図) by Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎). The name can be translated as ‘Shore of Tago Bay, Ejiri on the Tokaido’. This piece is … Continue reading

The Great Wave of Stokes Croft

The Great Wave of Stokes Croft

Originally posted on Picturing England:
My favourite piece of street art in Bristol so far is this take on Hokusai‘s Great Wave by MM13 on Hillgrove Street in Stokes Croft: You’ll notice this piece has some extra characters though… The original wave was painted in February 2009, I think, and in June of the same…

The Tokaido (東海道)

The Tokaido (東海道)

When I lived in Japan I became aware of the Tokaido (東海道), an ancient road which once connected Tokyo (then Edo) to Kyoto. The Tokaido was the most important of the Edo Five Routes (Gokaidō / 五街道), five routes set up by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川 家康) (1543 – 1616) to connect Edo to other parts of Japan during the … Continue reading

Ukiyo-e Pop: learning about ukiyo-e & contemporary Japonism

Ukiyo-e Pop: learning about ukiyo-e & contemporary Japonism

The current exhibition at the ICN gallery in London, ukiyo-e pop, showcases classic ukiyo-e (浮世絵 / Japanese woodblock prints) and modern art influenced by these traditional prints, which falls under the umbrella of  contemporary ‘Japonism‘. This exhibition is part two of a three-part series. Part 1 “What is Ukiyo-e?”  provided a good introduction to ukiyo-e, and this … Continue reading

Kuniyoshi’s Skytree

Kuniyoshi’s Skytree

(Image source: Japan Probe) The other day a friend and I were talking about ukiyo-e (浮世絵 / Japanese woodblock prints) and she mentioned “Kuniyoshi’s Skytree”. I didn’t know what she meant, but soon found out after a little Googling… Around 1831, Japanese ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi ((歌川 国芳, 1797 – 1862) made the picture “Toto Mitsumata no Zu” (“The view … Continue reading