'Katsukawa Shunsho: Master of Hokusai'

Feb 2, 2016

'Katsukawa Shunsho: Master of Hokusai'

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Feb. 2-March 27 To celebrate the 290th anniversary of Katsukawa Shunsho, the Ukiyo-e Memorial Museum of Art is holding a special exhibition of this leading 18th-century ukiyo-e woodblock-print artist’s work. Katsukawa, who is known in particular for his realistic portrayals of kabuki actors and ...

There is a lot going on behind the closed doors of shunga

Dec 1, 2015

There is a lot going on behind the closed doors of shunga

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Japan’s first major shunga (literally, “spring pictures”) exhibition of erotic paintings and woodblock prints, is surprisingly hard work. As a venue for a ground-breaking assembly of images, which probably would not have been shown publicly if it were not for a highly successful shunga ...

'Tsukuhae'

Sep 15, 2015

'Tsukuhae'

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Sept. 19-Nov. 3 When Tokyo Station was established in 1914, three art students — Kyokichi Tanaka, Shizuo Fujimori and Koshiro Onchi — launched a magazine called Tsukuhae, which means reflection of the moon. In keeping with its title, the magazine featured the three artists’ ...

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

Jul 28, 2015

Japan's clean aesthetic hid the ugly mess of war

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Why would anybody want to go to war? For some of us it’s incomprehensible. For others, there will be circumstances that make war justifiable — or even desirable. History tells us that the former demographic is usually added to by members of the latter, ...

The honeymoon phase of Japan and the West

Apr 14, 2015

The honeymoon phase of Japan and the West

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Often, when two cultures meet, it can be very messy and lead to a lot of unpleasantness. The continuing inability of the West and Islam to understand each other suggests itself as a convenient example. This kind of conflict often boils down to a ...