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  • For Your Interest | Ukiyo-e

    The Tale of the 47 Ronin

    The celebrated tale of the 47 loyal retainers stems from the historical event known as the Ako Incident (1701-1704). Continuously illustrated, adapted, parodied, and performed since its occurrence
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  • Artist Spotlight | For Your Interest | Ukiyo-e

    Shin Hanga & Hasui Kawase

    Shin hanga was a Japanese woodblock print movement that took place at the beginning of the twentieth century. Translating to “new prints,” shin hanga was a creation of the artistic exchange between
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  • For Your Interest | Ukiyo-e

    How to Make a Woodblock Print

    A Japanese woodblock print is said to be the work of the artist, but in truth it is the joint effort of the ‘ukiyo-e quartet’—the artist, engraver, printer and publisher. The process begins with the
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  • For Your Interest | Ukiyo-e

    The Rise and Resurgence of Meisho-e

    The Japanese landscape draws countless visitors to Japan each year. From brilliant crimson leaves of the fall to the snow-tipped peak of Mount Fuji, the natural beauty of Japan enchants its visitors.
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  • Artist Spotlight | Ukiyo-e

    The Fierce and Fantastic World of Kuniyoshi

    While the word “ukiyo-e” often calls to mind elegant courtesans, dramatic actors, and picturesque landscapes, these celebrated works represent only one side of Edo-period innovation. Kuniyoshi
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  • For Your Interest | Ukiyo-e

    What Makes a Print Rare?

    From the Edo period to today, artists produce woodblock prints in multiples. While surimono (lavishly printed, privately commissioned works) could be commissioned in editions as small as a single
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  • For Your Interest | Ukiyo-e

    Haunted at Sea: The Tale of Yoshitsune and the Taira Ghosts

    Japanese myths brim with ghosts and demons, animals with magical powers, mischievous spirits, and mysterious realms where humans and supernatural creatures live side by side. Known as yokai, these
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  • Artist Spotlight | For Your Interest | Ukiyo-e

    A Closer Look: Hokusai's Great Wave

    No single work of Japanese art is better known than Katsushika Hokusai’s (1760­-1849) Under the Wave off Kanagawa, or, as it is widely known, the Great Wave. Published by Nishimuraya Eijudo as
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  • Artist Spotlight | For Your Interest | Ukiyo-e

    Yoshitoshi's Masterpiece: The Flute Player

    Fujiwara no Yasumasa (958-1036) was a renowned musician and poet in the Heian court. He is best known for the tale of a moonlit evening, banditry, and the power of beauty.  One autumn night
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  • Artist Spotlight | News and Events | Ukiyo-e

    Hiroshige: 53 Stations of the Upright Tokaido

    Winding along the eastern coast of Japan, the Tokaido was the most traveled road during the Edo period (1603-1868). By 1689, fifty-three stations connected the eastern capital of Edo (modern Tokyo),
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