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Hokusai’s Great Wave from the series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji and Hiroshige’s The Plum Garden in Kameido from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo are undoubtedly the most famous Japanese woodblock prints in art history. Nevertheless, numerous...
Kiyohara Tama or Eleonora Ragusa: An Amazing Story About a Japanese Female Painter in SicilyAugust 27, 2021
When tracing Japanese art stories in Europe, we found out about this exquisite female painter. Kiyohara Tama or Otama (later known as Eleonora Ragusa) was a woman so brave to leave the homeland for her husband and so...
Japonisme: Western Fever for Japanese Art and CultureAugust 27, 2021
During the mid 19th and 20th centuries, Western art saw the birth of Japonisme. The term was coined by Philippe Burty in 1872 and it refers to the craze of Japanese culture in Europe. In a time when...
Superfab, Superflat! The Most Renowned Works by Takashi MurakamiAugust 26, 2021
Takashi Murakami is a Japanese artist best known for his collaborations with multiple fashion brands and famous singers. You may know him from his 2019 collab with Billie Eilish, for the music video of You Should See Me...
10 Beautiful Kimono from the Victoria & Albert Museum CollectionAugust 26, 2021
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is one of the leading museums focusing on art and design. It’s special for me due to the vast range of their collection, excluding no material or technique. V&A collects everything...
Japan’s Greatest Masterpiece: (Thirty) Six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika HokusaiAugust 25, 2021
Everyone knows The Great Wave off Kanagawa, the print created by the Japanese Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai. But not everyone knows that The Great Wave comes from a series of 46 prints, depicting the views of Mount Fuji from different locations in...
An Important Concept: Shadows in Japanese CultureAugust 24, 2021
Jun’ichirō Tanizaki (1886-1965) was an important Japanese writer, mainly during the Shōwa period. One of the author’s most important essays is In Praise of Shadows, first published in 1933. It comprises the author’s views on the importance of...
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