Blog Posts - Kuniyoshi



The Warrior Sensibility in Japanese Prints

Kunichika, Minamoto no Yoshiie and Ino Hayata Hunting the Nue Kunisada, Narita no ShinzoThe current exhibition at Toshidama Gallery is called The Warrior Sensibility in Japanese Prints. The twenty-four prints by seven artists cover the bulk of t...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Jan 22, 2016

One Hundred Years of Ukiyo-e 1795 - 1895

100 Years of Ukiyo-e at Toshidama GalleryIt has become habitual over the last five years, for the Toshidama Gallery to publish an essay of a couple of thousand words, expanding on the theme of the current exhibition, adding detail and background to t...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Dec 4, 2015

Nishiki-e in Osaka and Edo

Yoshitoshi, Supernatural Beings at Shirazunoyabu in Yawata, 1881Aha! The hated colour. A theme that we keep returning to is the 'decadence' of the nineteenth century Japanese woodblock print. The 'rot' really set in though in the eighteenth century,...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Aug 21, 2015

Dekiyo-e: Pictures of the Drowning World

Japanese ideographs have two or more different ways to read (according to Japanese or Chinese pronunciation). Oboreru can be read as 'deki' so 'drowning world picture' could be 'dekiyoe'. (Trevor Ballance, Professor of Josai International University,...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Jun 5, 2015

Conflict in 19th Century Japanese Prints

Kiyochika, The Battle of Kawanakajima, 1890The current show at the Toshidama Gallery looks at prints which seem to have conflict as their central concern. It was not a tricky selection to make! Huge numbers of ukiyo-e are concerned with human conflic...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Apr 24, 2015

Kuniyoshi's Men

Kuniyoshi, 108 Suikoden - Saijinki KwakuseiThe current show at the Toshidama Gallery presents twenty-four exceptional prints by Kuniyoshi. All of them have in common the primacy of the male protagonist. The male in Kuniyoshi’s world is by no means...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Jan 30, 2015

The Flowers of Edo

Clockwise from top left: Toyokuni I, Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Yoshitoshi, Toshihide, Kunichika, Kuniyoshi.The current show at the Toshidama Gallery is titled The Flowers of Edo. The phrase (edo no hana) was an ironic and popular saying in the eightee...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Aug 29, 2014

Images of Men and Women in Japanese Woodblock Prints

Toshikata, Samurai and Landscape, 1887The current exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery shows twenty-four prints of men and women, all of them from the nineteenth century. Immediately obvious is how, despite stylistic and technical development, images...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on May 30, 2014

The Chushingura

Kunichika, Biographies of the Loyal RetainersMaybe cultures choose the myths that suit their times or maybe it is the myth that inexorably shapes the culture which proceeds them. Either way there can be little doubt that myth and legend underpinned t...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Mar 14, 2014

Censorship and The Art of Woodblock

Kuniyoshi, 100 Ogura Poets: ShiragikumaruThe last show in 2013 of Japanese prints at the Toshidama Gallery is a collection of fine works from the nineteenth century. The first part of the exhibition is devoted to the fine series, A Comparison of The...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Nov 15, 2013

Journeys in Japanese Prints

Hiroshige, 53 Stations of the Tokaido Road - Okabe Station, 1847The new exhibition at the Toshidama Gallery looks at Journeys, or travelling, in Japanese woodblock prints. Perhaps more than most art forms, the Japanese print, being at heart populist,...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Oct 11, 2013

Yoshitoshi - His Debt to Kuniyoshi at The Toshidama Gallery

Yoshitoshi, Ushiwaka Maru learns Martial Arts from the King of the TenguThe very singular work of the Japanese print artist Taiso Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) has its roots in the Utagawa School tradition of Japanese woodblock printmaking and its end in...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Aug 30, 2013

The Same But Different - Looking for Archetypes in Japanese Art

Yoshikazu, The Battle of Dan-no-Ura of 1185 - the hero Yoshitsune performs his 8-boat leapWhen putting together the current show at the Toshidama Gallery, I was struck by how archetypal are the figures in Japanese mythology (here I mean real, histori...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Jul 12, 2013

Kuniyoshi to Yoshitoshi - Reviving the Warrior Class

Yoshitora, Attack on a Castle, 1864Cultures turn to mythologies for reassurance - myths define us like daydreams, they show us how we might be. In England, (where we were recently reminded of all those knights in armour at Prime Minister Thatcher’s...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Apr 26, 2013

Toshidama Gallery 2013 Sale

Hiroshige, Snow at Yamanaka Village Toshidama Gallery is running its annual January sale as from today. The sale is open to Newsletter subscribers who enjoy a 30% discount on all of the prints in the exhibition. The show is something of an overv...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Jan 4, 2013

Hiroshige, Toyokuni, Kuniyoshi, Hirosada: Four Artists of the Ukiyo-e Scene

Toyokuni I, Minamoto Yorimitsu and the Shinten-no, 1810'sToshidama Gallery is showing prints by four artists of the ukiyo-e scene, spanning the decades from 1810 to 1850. This first half of the nineteenth century saw an extraordinary expansion in woo...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Nov 23, 2012

A Tale Of Two Cities - Edo / Osaka

Toshihide, The Assassination of Kawzu Sukiyasu It might be convenient to characterise the the two great cultural centres of nineteenth century Japan as being in some way in competition, but this would be too easy and not really accurate. Two schools...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Jul 20, 2012

50% Sale at Toshidama Gallery

Yoshitoshi, 32 Aspects of Customs and Manners: Looking SuitableEvery once in a while Toshidama Gallery likes to clear the decks and restock the gallery with new works. This year we are offering 20 superb oban prints to our newsletter subscribers at...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Jul 3, 2012

Ukiyo-e Diptychs, Triptychs, Polyptychs - The Expanding Horizon

Triptychs of Japanese woodblock prints - that is, prints composed to be seen as three co-joined panels (the commonest of the multi panel format) - have been part of the ukiyo-e scene since the eighteenth century. Specifically, these compositions allo...
by Toshidama Gallery Blog on Jun 1, 2012

Professional Shooto in Japan

修斗Shooto is a sport that combines the skills and techniques mainly of boxing, kick boxing and wrestling. A friend invited me to a game last Friday evening happening at Korakuen Hall, right next to Tokyo Dome.The main event of the evening was the...
by Japan Visitor on May 20, 2012


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