Martin Laflamme

For Martin Laflamme's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Ohara Koson: Bringing ukiyo-e back to life

Art Mar 10, 2019

Ohara Koson: Bringing ukiyo-e back to life

Ohara Koson created a large body of ukiyo-e prints that delighted a foreign clientelle, yet garnered relatively little attention in Japan. More than 70 years after his death, he is finally being honored with a retrospective in his native country.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the undisputed master of warrior prints

Books Jan 12, 2019

Utagawa Kuniyoshi, the undisputed master of warrior prints

Utagawa Kuniyoshi was a true son of Edo. Born near Nihonbashi in 1797, his father a dyer, he grew up among the hoi polloi in the crowded streets of the low city, where popular stories of tattooed otokodate, the revered "street knights" of the ...

Old photos illuminate a Japan now 'lost'

Books Jul 28, 2018

Old photos illuminate a Japan now 'lost'

In "Lost Japan," Rosella Menegazzo brings talented daguerreotype photographer Felice Beato and his previously overlooked photos of daily life in Meiji Era Japan into the foreground.

Masatoshi Naito: 'The other face' of Japan

Art Jun 24, 2018

Masatoshi Naito: 'The other face' of Japan

When Masatoshi Naito first began researching Tohoku folklore, he expected to find places "haunted with a macabre atmosphere." Instead, he stumbled into a vivacious traditional society "filled with elderly women who throw boisterous bashes all night long."