Art on Tuesday: The Jewel River of Bush Clover

Utagawa Toyoharu 歌川豊春 (c. 1735-1814) painted a series of ukiyo-e called The Fashionable Six Jewel Rivers 風流六玉川. This one is showing the Jewel River of Bush Clover 萩 in Yamashiro, a historical province located in today’s south of Kyôto. These jewel rivers or crystal rivers were painted by ukiyo-e artists often. You clearly see an influence of Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木 春信 (c. 1725-1770) in the style of this woodblock print.

Source: MFA Boston

Art on Tuesday: Reading a Letter

This young courtesan is reading a very long letter while she is sitting on a veranda. The paper door in the background is open, so that you can see a cherry tree in full bloom.
At the bottom a cat is playing with the right end of the paper roll. This ukiyo-e was painted by Torii Kiyomitsu 鳥居清満 (1735-1785). The name of the picture is 文を読む遊女と猫 (courtesan reading a text/letter and a cat). His style reminds me of Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木 春信 (1725-1770) for example see his picture named Viewing the moon or Fishing on the Sumida River.

(source: Museum of Fine Arts Boston).

Art on Tuesday: Jumping Down Kiyomizu-dera

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This girl is jumping down from the veranda of  Kiyomizu-dera, the temple of pure water, located in Kyôto. If she survives, her wish will be granted. Actually several people jumped down here during the Edo period, but it was pretty dangerous. The ukiyo-e was painted by Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木 春信 (1725-1770).

清水寺 is still one of the most famous temples in Japan, founded in 778 and belongs to the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will get an impressive view of the temple on their Japanese website.

Art on Tuesday: Viewing the Moon

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This ukiyo-e was made by Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木 春信 (1725-1770)  in 1767. This woman wears an extraordinary beautiful kimono with flowers on the top kimono, here visible are the long sleeves and a part of the right side. Her under kimono is red with a small white emblem pattern and aubergine contrast colors on the upper half and parts of the second under kimono. She is standing inside of a house, the Japanese doors are wide open, so that she has a full view outside. Behind her is a picture screen, showing a landscape. In the garden stands a cherry tree in bloom and the moon is shining. I like the elegance of the whole scene and the curved lines of the drawing.

Reading in October

In October people visiting Japan Kaleidoskop were mostly interested in Japanese Literature. As in the month before the two mostly read book reviews were the same as in the month before.

Men without women by Murakami Haruki  and Thousand Cranes by Kawabata Yasunari.

Two titles of Tanizaki Jun’ichirô  are on the third  and fourth place. Books I personally adore: The Makikoka Sisters followed by Naomi.

And  surprisingly for the first time people were much interested in reading the book review of Hiromi Kawakami’s The Nakano Thrift Store  which is a fun book to read.

I am currently reading Murakami’s 1Q84 and Yukio Mishima’s  Thirst for Love, probably I will finish the last soon and will write a review here.

My readers came mostly from this countries, in this order:

  1. The United States
  2. Phillipines
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. Netherlands
  6. Canada

There were many searches on Japan Kaleidoskop and I am very happy, that you enjoy my blog and that it is useful for many readers.

Surprisingly ‘Dreaming of Kimchee‘ was searched for several times. And first I did not know, what is was. But then I remembered: It is a short story of Banana Yoshimoto in her book Lizard.

My favorite search term of October is ‘Japanese woman holding a lantern‘, which probably was not found, because there is no tag like this. But there is a very lovely picture of Suzuki Harunobu (c. 1725-1770) on this blog. It was on Art on Tuesday on January 7th, 2014.

Thank you for visiting and reading Japan Kaleidoskop. I wish you a happy autumn!

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Art on Tuesday: Fishing on the Sumida River

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This ukiyo e was made by Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木 春信 (1725 – 1770). It is from the series Eight Fashionable Views of Edo, today’s Tôkyô. The Japanese girl in the white kimono is fishing with a bamboo stick. The other girl in the black and red kimono with a pine trees pattern is just relaxing. The black wooden box contains a set of utensils for tobacco smoking. In the background there is another Japanese boat and the scenery shows some rice fields.

Art on Tuesday: Wind

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Suzuki Haranobu 鈴木 春信 (1725-1770) painted this two girls. It is obviously a windy day, as they are protecting their hats from flying away. Funny, as they bend to the  right and left, it looks like the girls are dancing. I like the typical style of Suzuki: he draws people in a special way. Often they are slim, tall and move in a flowing way. Always elegant and stylish.

Art on Tuesday: Suzuki Harunobu

PlumblossomWoman Admiring Plum Blossom at Night.

Suzuki Harunobu 鈴木 春信 (1725- 1770) painted this picture. Find more information about this famous Japanese artist on the website Viewing Japanese Prints. 

Art on Tuesday: Suzuki Harunobu

 

Harunobu,_the_dallianceYoung couple playing the shamisen approx. 1768 by Suzuki Harunobu (1718-1770). Woodblock print (ukiyo-e). He painted mostly scenes of women of teahouses or merchant daughters in an idealistic style. Often with softly flowing lines symbolizing their inner feelings.

Art on Tuesday: Suzuki Harunobu

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This woodblock print is called Flowers of Beauty in the Floating World (Ukiyo bijin hana ni yosu): Motoura and Yaezakura of the Minami Yamazakiya of the year 1769 by the Japanese artist Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770).