"The tale of the forty-seven loyal warriors is based on events that took place in Japan in the years 1701-03. The warriors vowed to avenge the death of their master Lord Enya Hangan, who had been ordered to commit suicide as punishment for drawing his sword and attacking a high official in the palace. This official, who had in fact provoked Hangan, was the evil Moronao. Following two years of planning, the warriors (actually “ronin,” former samurai who have lost their master) finally killed Moronao in his home. A year later they too were ordered to perform ritual suicide. A dramatization of the actual events appeared on the Kabuki stage almost immediately. The best-known play, Chushingura, was written for the puppet theater in 1748. Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1798-1861)”
Samurai kabuto (helmets) and armor. About early 19th century, Japan.
Women picking tea leaves, with garments protecting their faces from the sun. Hand-colored photo, 1910, Japan. Photography by Tamamura Kozaburo
(Source: Daily Mail)
Nakahara Junichi 中原淳一 (1913-1988)
Gitaa hajiku ギター弾く (playing guitar) - promotional postcard for Shoujo no tomo 少女の友 magazine - 1935
ITŌ Jakuchū 伊藤 若冲 (1716-1800), about 1780’s, Japan
A specialized silk inner kimono- called “dounuki” - featuring shibori and faux-shibori patterning. Early Showa Period (1927-1940), Japan. The Kimono Gallery
Yabusame performance in little OganoTown, deep in the mountains of Saitama prefecture Japan. April 23, 2014. Text and photograph by Tokyobling
Kasamatsu Shirou 笠松紫浪 (1898-1991)
Haru no hi ni 春の日に (On a Spring day) - 1964, Japan
This stunning dark green furisode is featuring botan (peonies), blue star shaped bellflowers, wisteria, and what might also be sakura-making this a late-spring seasonality. I love the use of the red-orange and the amounts of white and light blue against this deep forest green with so much contrast. The obi seems to be tied in a large bunko (simple ribbon) with the ends folded downward-this is standard for a celebratory occasion such as coming-of-age ceremony.