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Fun Link Friday: Contemporary Ukiyo-e in Airbrush

Here at Shinpai Deshou we’re no stranger to fun ukiyo-e-related news, whether it’s the chance to make your own mish-mashed print or see prints as animated gifs. Today’s fun link is to the works of a contemporary ukiyo-e artist, Ishikawa … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Food-inspired inks 🍜

Just a quickie Fun Link Friday today, folks. In keeping with the love of food-inspired crafts from Japan, I was fascinated to come across SoraNews24’s recent exploration of stationery based on local foods of Nagasaki. The one that particularly caught … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Ukiyo-Enerator

In case you need some more things to do on the internet instead of thinking about what you should be doing, the Ota Memorial Museum of Art collaborated earlier this year to create a “Make Your Own Ukiyo-e” page. Just pick … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Masterful kiri-e designs by Masayo Fukuda

In past Fun Link Fridays we’ve featured some cool paper artistry, from pop-up designs and intricate cranes to moving paper sculptures. Today’s feature is next-level kiri-e (paper cutting) by Masayo Fukuda, who has over 25 years of experience making cut-outs that … Continue reading

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Book Announcement: Behold the Buddha: Religious Meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons

Behold the Buddha: Religious Meanings of Japanese Buddhist Icons James C. Dobbins Images of the Buddha are everywhere—not just in temples but also in museums and homes and online—but what these images mean largely depends on the background and circumstance … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Newspaper Sculptures by Atsushi Adachi

The holidays are upon us, so it’s a quick Fun Link Friday this week! This article by Spoon & Tamago caught my eye a couple weeks ago– a report about an upcoming exhibit by artist Atsushi Adachi, who plays with the theme … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Ukiyo-e project and modern prints

We’ve covered modern takes on and uses of ukiyo-e prints from early modern Japan a handful of times for our Fun Link Fridays here at Shinpai Deshou. The latest way in which ukiyo-e can be seen persisting in the cultural imaginary is … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: 2019 Rice Field art at Inakadate

As long-time readers know, each year we showcase the rice paddy art of Inakadate, Aomori Prefecture, which has a long standing tradition of growing multicolored rice to great gigantic rice paddy art! This year the theme is  Oshin「おしん」, a television … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Moving Paper Designs

Whether inventive takes on origami and paper art in general, our Fun Link Fridays have seen a lot of cool designs! This week we have another oldie but goodie: the work of Nakamura Haruki, who brings movement to his paper … Continue reading

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Fun Link Friday: Digital recoloring of premodern statues

There have been a lot of wonderful articles and even exhibits recently on the importance of acknowledging the color shaped premodern societies as much as our interpretations of them. Although we’re accustomed to seeing classical statues of Greek or Roman … Continue reading

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