Kazuo Okada's all-star cast of Asian art

Art Oct 23, 2018

Kazuo Okada's all-star cast of Asian art

by Jeff Michael

To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the Okada Museum of Art in Hakone is bringing out all its major works by the masters — from 16th- and 17th-century Rinpa painters Tawaraya Sotatsu and Ogata Korin to 18th- and 19th-century ukiyo-e artists Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika ...

Tokyo's Sumida Ward to purchase early 19th century Hokusai work

National Mar 5, 2015

Tokyo's Sumida Ward to purchase early 19th century Hokusai work

The office of Tokyo's Sumida Ward said Wednesday it plans to purchase a painting depicting Tokyo in the 19th century by famed ukiyo-e woodblock print artist Katsushika Hokusai. The office plans to purchase the painting titled "Sumidagawa Ryogan Keshiki Zukan" ("Landscape Scroll on Both Sides ...

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

Travel Jul 5, 2014

Off the beaten path on Japan's paper trail

by Mark Brazil

At a little roadside store in rural Nagano, a foreign tourist is miming a rice bowl with her cupped left hand. Firm in the belief that Japanese washi (paper — wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper) was made from rice, she waves her ...

The 'Great Wave' that reached the West

Art 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 ...