‘Hokusai and Japonisme’: Intercultural Masterpieces on Display at the National Museum of Western Art until January 28

  Japonisme became popular among Western artists during the latter half of the 19th century. It was a huge movement in many areas of art, including painting and design. The art of ukiyo-e painter Hokusai (late Edo period) captivated impressionist artists who wanted to liberate themselves from traditional rules of art. The ongoing Hokusai and Japonisme exhibition […]

East Meets West: ‘Van Gogh & Japan’ Exhibit until January 8

  Ukiyo-e painter Hokusai from the late Edo period is considered in Europe to be so exceptional that artists will immediately think of ukiyo-e whenever his name is mentioned. However, ukiyo-e art by other artists, such as Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) and Kitagawa Utamaro (c. 1753–1806), also reached the West.   The Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van […]

As Sign of Goodwill, President Putin Returns Swords to Japan

The sword presented by Russian President Putin to Prime Minister Abe was displayed at the Dai Token Ichi on November 2017.   During a summit meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, in September 2016, Russian President Vladamir Putin presented Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe with a Japanese sword. Abe also presented Putin with an antique samurai helmet. […]

Sword Fittings of the Mitsumura Collection on Exhibit November 3 to December 17

Matching pair of sword guards Design by Kongosai (Matsuo) Gassan (1815-1875). 19th C. Nezu Museum, formerly Mitsumura Collection.   From November 3rd until December 10th, 2017, Nezu Museum is holding an exhibition of some of the most exquisite swords and sword fittings in Japan. It features the collection of Toshimo Mitsumura, a Meiji period businessman and […]