Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

May 9, 2017

Keeping up with the Joneses, Edo style

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The Edo Period (1603-1868) is renowned for the flourishing of material culture — a time when major advances and innovations in Japanese folk crafts and design were prized by the burgeoning commoner class of Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Osaka. “The Golden Age of Mingei: ...

Abdications weren't so rare during Edo Period

Jan 9, 2017

Abdications weren't so rare during Edo Period

It was not uncommon for emperors and empresses on the Chrysanthemum Throne to abdicate during the Edo Period (1603-1868) during the Tokugawa shogunate, a scholar says. Since Emperor Akihito released a video message last August hinting at a desire to relinquish his title, a ...

Exhibition of erotic Japanese art draws 200,000 visitors

Dec 25, 2015

Exhibition of erotic Japanese art draws 200,000 visitors

Japan’s first major exhibition of erotic art known as shunga, which ended earlier this week in Tokyo, drew more than 200,000 visitors during its three-month run, organizers said. Former Prime Minister Morihiro Hokokawa, who heads the Eisei-Bunko Museum where the exhibition was held, said ...

Tokyo museum to exhibit sex art, breaking 'shunga' taboo

May 22, 2015

Tokyo museum to exhibit sex art, breaking 'shunga' taboo

The nation’s first major exhibition of shunga (erotic art) will take place later this year at a museum in Tokyo following the success of a similar show recently held at the British Museum in London in late 2013, organizers said. Entry will be restricted ...