A revue of Japan's femininity

Sep 4, 2014

A revue of Japan's femininity

by Matthew Larking

Ichizo Kobayashi (1873-1957) was the founder of the West Japan Hankyu train line and department store in Osaka’s central Umeda district. Arguably his most significant artistic contribution was the establishment of the Takarazuka Music School in 1913, which combined a modern education with the ...

Kansetsu Hashimoto's Chinese rebellion

Sep 25, 2013

Kansetsu Hashimoto's Chinese rebellion

by Matthew Larking

From the end of the Edo Period (1603-1867), Japanese art began to shift its fundamental cultural orientation from China to Europe. Kansetsu Hashimoto, however, (1883-1945) initially abjured, and this had much to do with his upbringing Born in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture, his father was ...

'Hashimoto Kansetsu Retrospective'

Sep 11, 2013

'Hashimoto Kansetsu Retrospective'

by Jordan Sievers

In honor of the 130th anniversary of nihonga (Japanese-style painting) artist Kansetsu Hashimoto’s birth, the Hyogo Museum presents around 70 of his most famous works. As a scholar of Chinese culture and history, Hashimoto’s artistic style mirrors that of traditional Chinese folklore, featuring elegantly ...

On the mechanics of <em>anime</em> illustration

Apr 25, 2013

On the mechanics of anime illustration

by Erik Luebs

The 1970s was an important decade for the development of Japanese pop-cultural icons. Kindergarten children back then would likely have been introduced to the characters Doraemon (1969), Anpanman (1973) and Hello Kitty (1974).