Traditional Japanese Arts & Crafts


Cross-dressers in Ukiyo-e

  Akira Watanabe In Japanese     The culture of cross-dressing – men wearing women’s clothes and vice versa ­– is a phenomenon that has existed for a long time both in the East and in the West. In Japan, the story of Osu no Mikoto (Yamato Takeru) wiping out Kumaso in women’s clothes, as told in the Kojiki and Nihonshoki, immediately springs to mind as an early example of cross-dressing, and customs of boys dressed like girls, male performers in female


Play with Ukiyo-e: Children’s and Toy Uk

  Text and editorial supervision by Murasaki Fujisawa and Yosuke Kato In Japanese with English list of works     Children are the stars in this ukiyo-e collection giving a fun and unique look into Edo culture.   Harunobu, Utamaro, Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi . . . think these masters drew only actors and beauties? This vibrant collection brings together nearly 170 ukiyo-e prints themed on children and play, from portrayals of spirited youngsters and loving families



  Shinichiro Ogata, Satoshi Kawamoto Photography by Yuichi Ikeda, Eisuke Komatsubara In Japanese and English   (さらに…)


The Perfect Guide To Sumo

  Ito Katsuharu (the 34th Kimura Shonosuke) Translator by David Shapiro In Japanese and English Sumo, with over 1,500 years of history, is a religious rite, a part of traditional cultural with a rich esthetic and a truly exciting combative sport. In recent years, thanks to SNS and a variety of new magazines, a whole new category of female sumo fan known as the, “sujo” (literally the, “sumo girls”) has sprung up. Due to the quality of international broadcasts and the nu



  Kenji Hinohara In Japanese     Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892) was an ukiyo-e artist in the late Tokugawa and early Meiji periods. While specializing first and foremost in warrior pictures and historical depictions in the style of his master Kuniyoshi Utagawa, he was also active in other genres, including bijin-ga portraits of beautiful women, and caricature.   One Hundred Aspects of the Moon represents the final stage of his career that Yoshitosh

Finding beauty in rustic cuisine

  Toshiro Ogata Photography by Gozen Koshida Foreword by Ryuichi Sakamoto In Japanese and English     The art and philosophy of chef Toshiro Ogata, revealed in his own words   At his restaurant tucked away in a picturesque alley in the heart of Kyoto, Toshiro Ogata captivates diners with one-of-a-kind cuisine born of a passionate and untiring inquiry into the essence of seasonal ingredients. In the seven chapters of this book—Water, Soil, Aroma, Heat, S


  Kenji Hinohara, Akira Watanabe In Japanese     Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-92) was an ukiyo-e artist in the late Tokugawa and Meiji periods. A disciple of Kuniyoshi Utagawa, he was one of the most popular Meiji era print artists in the realm of ukiyo-e. Yoshitoshi’s activities encompassed a variety of genres including samurai pictures, historical depictions and bijin-ga – portraits of beautiful women. He also gained fame with the bloody paintings he devote

Hiroshige —— Rain,Snow,Night

  Text and editorial supervision by Murasaki Fujisawa and Yosuke Kato In Japanese and English     Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), along with Katsushika  Hokusai, was a master artist of ukiyo-e (Woodblock Print ) landscapes who upheld the ukiyo-e tradition at the end of the Edo period. The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, published when Hiroshige was 37, was extremely popular and he continued to create ukiyo-e landscapes for the rest of his life. Hiroshige's


Sex and Laughter with Kyōsai: Shunga from th

This book introduces the complete holdings of shunga by Kyōsai in the Israel Goldman collection, the largest private collection of the artist’s work in the world. The twenty-nine works presented here offer a way to approach the circumstances in which the pictures were made and enjoyed, and also allow one to imagine being a part of the boisterous crowds gathered around the pictures.   Biography Ishigami Aki Born in1979. Ritsumeikan University, B.A (.2002),  Ph.D (.2008)


Scary Pictures of Ukiyo-e