Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and artworks

Katsushika Hokusai who created the famous great wave painting Katsushika Hokusai must be the most famous Japanese woodblock printing (ukiyo-e) artist around the world. How to pronounce “Katsushika Hokusai”   His art works of images including The Great Off Kanagawa (The Great Wave) and other prints of “Thirty-Six Views of Mount. Fuji” influenced Western artists Vincent van Gogh, Edgar Degas and Henri Rivière.           His printmaking works still have inspired the artists and the creators. In 1960, celebrating his 200th birth anniversary, he was honored as the cultural master in the world.(learn about Japanese painting by the early modern)           In 1760, Katsushika Hokusai was born in Honjo, Edo. Read more about Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai:biography, facts, and artworks[…]

The examples of haiku poems about flowers

Flower haiku poems by Japanese haiku poets <img width=”639″ height=”960″ src=”https://www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/No.056-1.jpg” alt=”” srcset=”https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/No.056-1.jpg?w=639&amp;ssl=1 639w, https://i2.wp.com/www.masterpiece-of-japanese-culture.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/No.056-1.jpg?resize=200%2C300&amp;ssl=1 200w” sizes=”(max-width: 639px) 100vw, 639px” /> In haiku, flowers are often used as words expressing the season (kigo). Also, the impression given by each flower makes it possible to have a clear image in poems. By the way, do you know Haiku poem’s definition and format? Kobayashi Issa (1763-1828) <Japanese> 正月や  村の小すみの  梅の花 Shogatsu ya/ Mura no kosumi no/ Ume no hana <English> It’s New Years. At the corner of the village, Ume blossoms.   Read more Kobayashi Issa’s haiku poems. Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902) <Japanese> たんほゝを  ちらしに青む  春野哉 Tanpopo wo/ Chirashi ni aomu/ Haruno kana Read more about The examples of haiku poems about flowers[…]

Utagawa Hiroshige’s prints, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” ukiyo-e artworks

The gallery of “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” In 1853, Utagawa(Ando) Hiroshige began to draw the new series of landscape ukiyo-e. He already held the position of pupular ukiyo-e artist by the succuess of “Fifty-Three Stages on the Tokaido“. His new work was on the theme of sights in various parts of the Edo.           As its name suggests, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” consists of more than 100 paintings (and table of contents). And they are divided into four seasons. You could find pictures of the plum garden in the part of Spring, and  Moon Pine in Autumn.     Spring   Summer     Read more about Utagawa Hiroshige’s prints, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” ukiyo-e artworks[…]