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Otsukimi: Autumn Moon Viewing Parties

Otsukimi: Autumn Moon Viewing Parties
Japan’s Autumn Moon Viewing, known as Otsukimi (お月見), is thought to have formally originated in the Heian Period. Like many of the seasonal celebrations of the era, these night time gatherings would see aristocrats come together to write poetry and music under the full harvest moon.This ...
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Japan's Summer Traditions

Japan's Summer Traditions
In Summer, heatwaves and sunny days seem to be more and more common in the UK, so looking for ways to keep cool and make the most of the hotter months are more important than ever. In Britain we are not used to intense temperatures, and therefore are more equipped for the cold and rain than ...
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The Master of Mingei Pottery, Hamada Shoji

The Master of Mingei Pottery, Hamada Shoji
Hamada Shōji was a prolific Mingei folk craft potter of the 20th century. His laidback forms and energetic decorations disguise a master of ceramics, whose skill and vision shaped studio pottery throughout the previous century and into the present day. While his shapes are precisely controlled and ...
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Japanese Woodblock Print Live Auction - 21 May 2022

Japanese Woodblock Print Live Auction - 21 May 2022
JG Auction is announcing our next live auction on Saturday 21st May 2022 at 2:00 GMT. On sale will be a wide selection of original Japanese ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) including works by Hiroshige I Utagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Chikanobu Yoshu, and Hiroshi Yoshida.Registration can be done through ...
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Genji-e: The Blossoming of a New Print Genre

Genji-e: The Blossoming of a New Print Genre
   Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of Genji, written in the early 11th Century, is considered to be perhaps the world’s first novel. It’s influence spans widely across Japanese culture, including visual arts. In the Edo period, a whole new genre of ukiyo-e was birthed after the publication of Ryū ...
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New Acquisitions: Military Honour in Musha-e

New Acquisitions: Military Honour in Musha-e
   This month at the Japanese Gallery, we have had some exciting new acquisitions centring around the Musha-e genre.   Musha-e are prints that depict samurai and warriors, often in battle. The famous woodblock print artist Kuniyoshi Utagawa (1798 - 1861) was a dominating force within this genre ...
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Take Courage - Welcoming The Year of the Tiger

Take Courage - Welcoming The Year of the Tiger
This New Year, we are welcoming in the adventurous, courageous and risk-taking Tiger of 2022. The Year of the Tiger (寅年 tora doshi), specifically the water tiger, begins on 1st February according to the lunar calendar. The Chinese zodiac not only has a cycle of twelve animals, but also the ...
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Gishi-sai Festival - The 47 Faithful Samurai

Gishi-sai Festival - The 47 Faithful Samurai
Gishi-sai Festival - The 47 Faithful Samurai Gishi-sai is an annual winter festival held at Sengaku-ji Temple in Tokyo. It honours 47 brave rōnin (浪人, masterless samurai) who gave their lives to avenge their lord and master in an event known as the Genroku Akō Incident (元禄赤穂事件 ...
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Japanese Woodblock Print Winter Auction - 5 December 2021

Japanese Woodblock Print  Winter Auction - 5 December 2021
JG Auction is announcing winter timed auction finishing on Sunday 5th December 2021 at 5:00 GMT. On sale will be a wide selection of original Japanese ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) including works by Hiroshige I Utagawa, Yoshitoshi Tsukioka, Chikanobu Yoshu, and Hiroshi Yoshida.Registration can be ...
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Access + Ability in the Arts, Design & Technology - Embassy of Japan in the UK

Access + Ability in the Arts, Design & Technology - Embassy of Japan in the UK
With Japan hosting the Paralympic Games this year, the world’s attention has been on disability. The exhibition Access + Ability in the Arts, Design & Technology highlights the people, programmes and products that change the way we think about access for all in the arts and in everyday life ...
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