Interior Fusion – The Influence of Asian Art on Western Interior Design

Friday, December 16, 2016

A new movement has surfaced in the interior design world; eclecticism. This style combines the fashions and designs of multiple periods, from ancient to contemporary and East to West. Eclecticism aims to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, which echoes certain concepts behind an ancient Chinese philosophy called Feng Shui. Feng Shui is a Chinese philosophical system designed to create harmony between the individual and their environment....

Behind the Scenes – The Making of Japanese Calligraphy

Friday, October 28, 2016

Considering the history of written languages throughout the world, Japan was fairly late in the game compared to other cultures. Cuneiform writing was established over 5,000 years ago by the Sumerians between 3,500-3,000 BCE while Egyptian hieroglyphics date back to 3,300 BCE. China’s logo-graphic writing system emerged on oracle bones around 1,200 BCE. The Greek alphabet was in use from around 800 BCE with the Roman alphabet following a century later....

Art of the Brushstroke – Introducing Seiran Chiba

Friday, August 19, 2016

Since the day Seiran Chiba entered a calligraphy school at the age of 11, her teachers had always provided her with lessons in the form of characters to write, which she replicated hundreds if not thousands of times until achieving perfection....

Masters of Color – Late Edo Period Ukiyo-e Artists

Friday, April 29, 2016

A discussion of famous woodblock artists of the Utagawa school: Hiroshige, Kunisada and Kuniyoshi, each with distinct and diverse styles who represented, along with Yoshitsuya, the last ukiyo-e masters of the Edo period (1603-1868)....

Art in Bloom – Japanese Jubako and Fubako

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Japanese lacquer works developed a distinct style emphasizing lyrical and elegant surface decorations used to decorate a wide variety of objects, including Buddhist artwork, writing boxes (fubako), altars, folding screens, sword scabbards, saddles, furniture and of course, jubako....

Honored by the Jade Emperor – The Chinese Zodiac

Thursday, December 31, 2015

The twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac have always been popular motifs in East Asian art, each holding unique symbolic meanings. The story of how the twelve were chosen has become a folktale with many variations but one of the most popular begins with the Jade Emperor calling on all the animals of his kingdom to a race....

In the Dead of Night – Japanese Ghost and Demon Prints

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Japan is a land immersed in tales of ghosts and demons. During the Edo period, scary stories were exchanged first as tests of courage and then as a favorite pastime among all classes. Collections of ghost stories were eventually published in book format and illustrated with woodblock prints, creating a new genre that thrilled, frightened and inspired all at once....

Printing In Progress... – History of Woodblock Printing

Friday, May 08, 2015

Printing has a long history as both a practical tool and an art form, from textile to text printing; woodblock printing to lithography. Perhaps most famous in woodblock printing is Japan's ukiyo-e prints, which flourished from the early 17th century. Although the art form waned toward the end of the 19th century, several masters remained loyal to the traditional craft and created some of the most collected pieces in woodblock printing...

Kagami Reflections – Japanese Antique Hand Mirrors

Friday, February 27, 2015

Contrary to many western cultures that have historically associated mirrors with ghosts and bad luck, Japan considers them a symbol of light, truth and wisdom. In Shinto mythology the mirror, called kagami, is closely associated with the main deity Amaterasu and is also one of the three Imperial Regalia. Holding such strong cultural importance, bronze hand mirrors have long held a position of high artistic value in Japan...

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