japaneseaesthetics:

"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)”

japaneseaesthetics:

"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)”

japaneseaesthetics:

Dog God mask.  Japan

japaneseaesthetics:

Dog God mask.  Japan

yorkeantiquetextiles:

Shinto ceremony, Japan

(via aurorae)

yorkeantiquetextiles:

Shinto ceremony, Japan

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owl-of-the-rear-burghs:

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

Women picking tea leaves, with garments protecting their faces from the sun.  Hand-colored photo, 1910, Japan.  Photography  by Tamamura Kozaburo

(Source: Daily Mail)

taishou-kun:

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

taishou-kun:

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

virtual-artifacts:

This carved and stained ivory netsuke is in the form of an octopus caught in an octopus trap.
Signed Ohara Mitsuhiro and Kaigyokusai Masatsugu
Edo Period,  ca. 1825-1875, Japan
Height 2,9 cm.

virtual-artifacts:

This carved and stained ivory netsuke is in the form of an octopus caught in an octopus trap.

Signed Ohara Mitsuhiro and Kaigyokusai Masatsugu

Edo Period,  ca. 1825-1875, Japan

Height 2,9 cm.

japaneseaesthetics:

ITŌ Jakuchū 伊藤 若冲 (1716-1800), about 1780’s, Japan

japaneseaesthetics:

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

(Source: thekimonogallery.com)

"Courtesan".  Ukiyo-e woodblock print, about 1730’s, Japan, by artist Okumura Toshinobu

"Courtesan".  Ukiyo-e woodblock print, about 1730’s, Japan, by artist Okumura Toshinobu

Geisha-Kai :

Maiko Satono Dancing with Summer fan (uchiwa) by Stephane Barbery on Flickr

Geisha-Kai :

Maiko Satono Dancing with Summer fan (uchiwa) by Stephane Barbery on Flickr

Yabusame performance in little OganoTown,  deep in the mountains of Saitama prefecture Japan.  April 23, 2014.  Text and photograph by Tokyobling  

Yabusame performance in little OganoTown,  deep in the mountains of Saitama prefecture Japan.  April 23, 2014.  Text and photograph by Tokyobling  

(Source: tokyobling.wordpress.com)

taishou-kun:

Kasamatsu Shirou 笠松紫浪 (1898-1991)
Haru no hi ni 春の日に (On a Spring day) - 1964, Japan

taishou-kun:

Kasamatsu Shirou 笠松紫浪 (1898-1991)

Haru no hi ni 春の日に (On a Spring day) - 1964, Japan

yorkeantiquetextiles:

Kimononagoya :

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.

yorkeantiquetextiles:

Kimononagoya :

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.

Japanese country village scene.  Detail from a larger image.  Hand-colored photo, 1910, Japan.  Photography  by Tamamura Kozaburo

Japanese country village scene.  Detail from a larger image.  Hand-colored photo, 1910, Japan.  Photography  by Tamamura Kozaburo

(Source: Daily Mail)