Filed under Ukiyo-e (浮世絵)

Hokusai at the car boot sale

Hokusai at the car boot sale

I went along to a car boot sale in Bristol this morning and look what was waiting for me for the small price of £2: This ukiyo-e (浮世絵) print is ‘Tokaido Ejiri Tago-no-ura’ (東海道江尻田子の浦略図) by Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎). The name can be translated as ‘Shore of Tago Bay, Ejiri on the Tokaido’. This piece is … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 27

A to Wa of Japan: Week 27

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with の (no) and we looked at Nokogiriyama (鋸山). This week we are looking at things beginning with は (ha). A big thank you to those who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Hamamatsu (浜松 / a city in Shizuoka Prefecture), Hakodate (函館 / a city … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 24

A to Wa of Japan: Week 24

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again (a little earlier than usual as I’ve got a busy weekend ahead)! Last week’s post was about things beginning with に (ni) and we looked at ninja (忍者). This week we are looking at things beginning with ぬ (nu). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: … Continue reading

A to Wa of Japan: Week 21

A to Wa of Japan: Week 21

It’s time for A to Wa of Japan again! Last week’s post was about things beginning with て (te) and we looked at Tebasaki (手羽先). This week we are looking at things beginning with と (to). A big thank you to everyone who joined in with suggestions this week: Zooming Japan suggested Tokushima (徳島 / a city and prefecture in Shikoku), Tokyo (東京 / … Continue reading

The Great Wave of Stokes Croft

The Great Wave of Stokes Croft

I don’t usually cross-post on my blogs, but I absolutely have to share this Picturing England post with Haikugirl‘s Japan readers! I found this wonderful graffiti version of Hokusai‘s (葛飾 北斎) Great Wave on Hillgrove Street in bristol the other day. Isn’t it cool?

The Tokaido (東海道)

The Tokaido (東海道)

When I lived in Japan I became aware of the Tokaido (東海道), an ancient road which once connected Tokyo (then Edo) to Kyoto. The Tokaido was the most important of the Edo Five Routes (Gokaidō / 五街道), five routes set up by the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川 家康) (1543 – 1616) to connect Edo to other parts of Japan during the … Continue reading