'Specters, Ghosts and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e'

Jun 25, 2014

'Specters, Ghosts and Sorcerers in Ukiyo-e'

by Mio Yamada

Ghouls, monsters, specters, ghosts — all manner of the supernatural have long fascinated and frightened in all cultures, but the Japanese have historically enjoyed a particularly entertaining, and pictorial, relationship with the eerie and uncanny. Through a selection of around 250 yōkai (ghouls and ...

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

May 28, 2014

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

by Matthew Larking

Ukiyo-e prints could be found in Europe from at least 1795 at the Cabinet des Estampes at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. It was not until the 1850s, however, when trade between Japan and Europe began to flourish, that the craze for things ...

'Fascinating Japanese  Woodcut Prints'

Feb 26, 2014

'Fascinating Japanese Woodcut Prints'

by Mai Hasabe

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Yokohama Museum of Art is holding an exhibition of around 220 works selected from its 1,600-strong collection of ukiyo-e (woodcut prints) Chosen to illustrate the art form’s history from the Edo Period (1603-1867) to present day, the exhibition ...

Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love

Oct 7, 2013

Celebrating Japan's artists who loved love

by Victoria James

The British Museum’s press officer, Claire Coveney, comes hurrying up to take me to the galleries of the museum’s latest hot-ticket show, “Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese Art,” and I’m not surprised she looks run off her feet. Pre-opening interest in this new ...