Monthly Archives: April 2016

Old Noritake Bluebird

“Old Noritake” or “Early Noritake”, is the  generic name of Japanese ceramic products made mainly for export, by Morimura Brothers and Japan Ceramics. Old Noritake china is highly  praised for its elegant style and elaborate technique. Now they are considered to be art works and popular among antique lovers. Old Noritake products were mainly tableware, so… Read More »

Little Samurai in May

We celebrate May 5 as “Children’s day”, or “Boy’s festival”. (Girls have “Girl’s festival on March 3). Boy’s parents display “colorful carp banners” outside the house and “samurai helmet”inside , hoping that children will grow up with courage and wisdom. “Samurai helmets” are elaborately crafted and often very expensive, so most of the cases, affordable… Read More »

Framed woodblock print by Sakai Hoitsu

Framed woodblock print by Sakai Hoitsu. Sakai Hoitsu(1761 – 1828) was a painter in the late Edo period.and well known as a Rimpa School painter. His painting style was characterized by its neatness, especially, his Kacho-ga (painting of flowers and birds)works are highly-praised. This piece is an antique woodblock print from “four seasons flowers”, published… Read More »

Framed woodblock print by Sakai Hoitsu

Framed woodblock print by Sakai Hoitsu. Sakai Hoitsu(1761 – 1828) was a painter in the late Edo period.and well known as a Rimpa School painter. His painting style was characterized by its neatness, especially, his Kacho-ga (painting of flowers and birds)works are highly-praised.   This piece is an antique woodblock print from “four seasons flowers”,… Read More »

Japanese style Cream puff

Looking like Japanese sweets, however, these are cream puffs from “Adachi Otoemon”. A box comes with two cream puffs, nicely wrapped in paper with traditional cloud pattern. Puff has a slit from the outset. By slightly opening it,  you can see the inside ( chestnut cream, fresh cream, and a big chestnut). And it’s also… Read More »

Konchi-in Temple

Konchi-in Temple is one of the subordinate temples of Nanzen-ji, so it’s located next to Nanzen-ji Temple. Originally founded around 1400, it was transferred to its present place around 1600 by the priest Suden. Priest Suden was known as “prime minister in the black robe”, dominated in the fields of politics, diplomacy and culture under the… Read More »

Sakura week

Cherry blossom blooms literally bring spring in Japan. From the end of March to the beginning of April,we Japanese all become crazy about Sakura. Every morning, TV anchorperson tells us about Sakura(Cherry blossom) information. In this occasion, SNS feeds are full of Sakura photos posted by friends. We even describe Sakura bloom according to the… Read More »

Museum Meiji-mura

70 minutes bus ride from Nagoya Station, Meiji-mura is located on a hillside facing beautiful lake. There, currently over 60 Meiji-era(1868-1912) buildings have been brought and rebuilt. Meiji-era was the beginning of Modern Japan, absorbing Western culture and technology was the most important issue. Architecture was no exception. In addition to excellent traditional wooden architecture, builders… Read More »

Exhibition”KAKUTEI” at Kobe City Museum

Went to see the exhibition “KAKUTEI”  at Kobe City Museum. (Exhibition period; April/9/2016 to May/29/2016) Kakutei’s real name is unknown, however, since “Kaku” means crane, he often painted cranes. Kakutei was born in 1722 in Nagasaki. At that time in Japan, since Tokugawa shogunate took isolation policy, Nagasaki was the only place opened to abroad. Thanks… Read More »