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Eisei Bunko Lacquering Collection: Bright Masterpiece

Lacquering crafts that have been familiar to peoples’ lives since ancient times. In China, techniques such as “Raden,” in which shells are fitted, “Tsukushu,” in which lacquer is applied and carved, and “Zonsei,” in which patterns are represented by colored…

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Simply Maki-e

It was a maki-e lacquerware purchase that suddenly placed Nezu Kaichirō, Sr., in the limelight as a collector. He had long yearned to own Writing Box, known as Hana no Shirakawa, a famous Muromachi period (1392-1568) maki-e work. When it was being auctioned off…

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Animals in Ukiyo-e

Feature image: Katsushika Hokusai “Chin (Japanese spaniel)” (2nd term) Various animals appear in ukiyo-e. In addition to pets such as cats and dogs, and domestic animals such as horses and cows, those believed to be good omens, such as cranes and…

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Love in the Edo Period: Romance in Ukiyo-e

Throughout the Edo period the newly wealthy merchant classes came to indulge in the more hedonistic joys of kabuki theater, Geisha and pleasure districts. Ukiyo-e came to document this period of Japan’s history through block prints and paintings, literally translated…

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Hasegawa Tohaku “Pine Trees” VR Screening

Like a samurai warlord proclaiming a new era after his conquest, the artist Hasegawa Tohaku proclaimed a new era with his brush. Tohaku’s ink painting “Pine Trees” is an enchanting masterpiece that remains shrouded in mystery. Tohaku’s enchanting work, which…

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Japanese Art’s Influence on Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau (French for “new art”) flourished in Europe from the end of the 19th to the beginning of the 20th century. Japanese art was a formative influence on the style. While on the one hand a cutting-edge art movement,…

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The Nature of Things Art Exhibition

Tokyo Art Studio, a gallery in the heart of Minami Azabu, proudly presents their  second group exhibition featuring the work of artists with strong roots in Japan. Featuring 70 artworks by 9  emerging and established artists, the exhibition runs from…

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Hokusai Art Exhibition 2021

Celebrating ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai’s 260 birthday, a complete out-of-this-world Hokusai art exhibition will be held this summer.  The complete “Hokusai Manga” or Hokusai Sketches collection and “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji” print series will be displayed. Another portion of…

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