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 ...

Behind the scenes of ukiyo-e prints

Art Sep 8, 2015

Behind the scenes of ukiyo-e prints

by Yoko Haruhara

Everyday life in Edo (present-day Tokyo) was befitting of a capital city — an era of beautiful women, graceful kabuki actors, bustling streets and breathtaking sights. The peace and stability imposed by the Edo Period (1603-1868) Tokugawa Shogunate allowed the city to flourish and ...

Blowing the dust off Edo Period erotica

Books / Reviews Dec 20, 2014

Blowing the dust off Edo Period erotica

by Victoria James

You always remember your first time. Mine was on a subway train in central London, late one September afternoon. It was 1999, shortly before I moved to Japan. My impression of the country I would soon be living in had just been thoroughly shaken up. Shunga, ...