Tagged with Japanese art

‘Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave’ at the British Museum

‘Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave’ at the British Museum


Katushika Hokusai (1760-1849) is one of Japan’s most internationally renowned artists. From mythical beasts to landscapes to the divine, he was painting right until his death. In fact, his career peaked when he was in his sixties, after which his most important works were produced. The British Museum’s ‘Hokusai: the Great Wave’ exhibition is the … Continue reading

Hokusai comes to the British Museum

Hokusai comes to the British Museum


Most people with an interest in Japanese culture will have at the very least heard of Katsushika Hokusai, considered by many to be Japan’s greatest artist. His most iconic print, ‘The Great Wave’ and other works will be coming to the British Museum in the exhibition ‘Hokusai: beyond the Great wave’ (25 May – 13 … Continue reading

Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art


Note: The pictures below are of an erotic nature and contain people having sex. Need I say more? I think it’s fair to say that, traditionally, the British are very prudish about sex and porn, but in Japan it’s all very much out in the open. This is one of the reasons why I went … Continue reading

New favourite shop: The Japanese Gallery


London really likes tempting me to spend my money, and I recently discovered a lovely little shop in Angel that might push me over the edge. The Japanese Gallery is tucked away in Camden Passage, close to Angel tube station, and there really is something for everyone’s budget. The gallery is a specialist in Japanese … Continue reading

Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan


A few weeks back I flagged an upcoming exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London, which I was able to visit yesterday with my fantastic friend Jenny. Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan is an aesthetically impressive and moving exhibition; I would say it is not simply an art exhibition but an exhibition about the mind. … Continue reading

Week 14: Okaeri!


Welcome home! Sort of . . . Perhaps this isn’t home but I didn’t know how to say ‘the blog is ressurected’ in Japanese! Due to a mixture of heavy workload, illness and having other articles to write (which I will post here when they are published), I had to take some time off of … Continue reading

Week 12: MCM Expo – a review


Most people who are fans of anime, manga, comics and film will already know what the MCM expo is, so I won’t give you a long explanation of what it is. Basically, this is a weekend event held at the ExCel Centre in London twice a year and it’s a honey pot for geeks, cosplayers … Continue reading