Monthly Archives: May 2018

Saikaku and Sharebon

Part of our discussion today in class about the movie Sakuran was that several aspects could be considered unrealistic. One such aspect was the fact that the main character, Kiyoha, was able to work her way up through the ranks … Continue reading

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Saikaku and Sharebon

The most interesting aspect of both articles for me was being able to undestand how the sex workers  were able to solely see the transactions as an economic opportunity and often focused on guidebooks or training of trickery/deception to gain … Continue reading

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The Tokugawa Art Museum – Artifact of choice: The Kabuki Zukan (unknown artist) Art piece

Kabuki Zukan – Museum Note: “Notable for its extremely gay, flamboyant style of dress, the Kabuki Odori (Kabuki dance) was created towards the beginning of the seventeenth century by a woman named Izumo no Okuni…The texts of fine varieties of … Continue reading

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Tokugawa Museum Artifact

When visiting the Tokugawa Museum of Art, the one piece in which I found particularly striking was the matching sword mountings for a pair of long and short katanas. The mount is jet black but with different colored sections which … Continue reading

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Tokugawa Museum – Noh Costume

At the Tokugawa Museum, the artifacts that really caught my eye and interested me were the Noh costumes. The piece I chose to focus on was the Suo Jacket and Trousers from the Edo period in the 18 – 19th … Continue reading

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Tokugawa Art Museum- Nōh Stage

Almost all of the objects within the rather small museum really did strike my interest.  They consisted of the sort of high class refined Japanese objet d’art mainly from the Edo era from weaponry, to screens, to make-up boxes, all … Continue reading

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tea bowl

In the Tokugawa museum, I studied a tea bowl (Black Oribe Ware, 17th C). When I first looked at it, I thought it perfectly represented the idea of wabi. However, as I continued to look at it (from angles and … Continue reading

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Tokugawa Musuem Item Analysis

Coming into the Tokugawa museum, I was looking for something that really caught my eye. As a walked into the Noh play section, I came across a mask that I’ve never seen before. I’ve imagined noh masks as traditionally white … Continue reading

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Noh Headband

The piece that stood out to me at the museum today was a Noh headband in a scroll design from the Edo period, 18th century. The band has a width of about an inch to inch and a half, and … Continue reading

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Museum Artifact

The piece that I decided to focus on was a sword mounting for a katana long sword owned by Tokugawa Yasachiyo. The sword mounting dates back to the Edo period in the 19th century. I noticed the sword mounting immediately … Continue reading

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