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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

Ukiyo-e Pop: learning about ukiyo-e & contemporary Japonism

Ukiyo-e Pop: learning about ukiyo-e & contemporary Japonism

The current exhibition at the ICN gallery in London, ukiyo-e pop, showcases classic ukiyo-e (浮世絵 / Japanese woodblock prints) and modern art influenced by these traditional prints, which falls under the umbrella of  contemporary ‘Japonism‘. This exhibition is part two of a three-part series. Part 1 “What is Ukiyo-e?”  provided a good introduction to ukiyo-e, and this … Continue reading