April 29, 2011

Visit to look at woodblock collections

The following members went to see the woodblocks of the Takahashi family, which produced five generations of wood-block printers.

Date: April 29 (Fri.), 10:00~

Participants: Akama, Kaneko, Takashi Uchida


In the storage area, each woodblock was carefully wrapped up in newspaper and accompanied by print samples and identification tags. Colored woodblock prints of nature scenes were the most common, and there were also reproductions of large nishiki-e (brocade pictures).

Normally, primary plates are of high quality and color plates are not, but even the color plates in the Takahashi family collection were prepared from high-quality blocks. We were also able to see woodblocks that were reused for hanpon printing and rare engraving techniques.


At the Japanese Culture Research Group, we will continue our research with particular consideration to the acquirement of future materials.

April 27, 2011

Photographing of private bamboo art collection

Starting from May 1st I will be photographing the bamboo art collection of a private collector in Tokyo.


Flower basket crafted by Iizuka Rōkansai

The photographed items will be added to the Bamboo Basket Database sometime in May. Bamboo Basket Database URL:  https://www.arc.ritsumei.ac.jp/bbdb/

–Maezaki, PD


April 2, 2011

Presentations at AAS Annual Conference

Monika Bincsik, Ryoko Matsuba, Mizuho Kamo (Japanese Culture Research Group), and Akihiro Tsukamoto (Historical Geographic Information Science Research Group) presented together on a panel at AAS, held this year in Hawaii. Many people came to hear the panel, and the panelists received a great response from the audience.


Panel title: The Location of the Motif or How to Popularize Ideas: Late Edo Period Visual Language Shared In Ukiyo-e, Decorative Arts and the Theatre


Presentation titles:

Monika Bincsik, “Lacquer Depicted on Ukiyo-e: Ukiyo-e Reflected in Lacquer”

Akihiro Tsukamoto, “Locations of the Edo Period Kyoto Lacquer Workshops: GIS Analysis Based on Historical Sources”

Mizuho Kamo, “Tracing the ‘Whose sleeves?’ Motif through Various Fashionable Art Forms”

Ryoko Matsuba, “The Eight Views in Edo Period Japan: Transmissions of the Pictorial Subjects”

April 1, 2011

Photographing of Japanese ceramics in the John Young Museum of Art collection at Hawaii University

I was able to photograph 19 Japanese ceramics housed at the John Young Museum of Art in Hawaii University, Manoa Campus.

–Maezaki, PD