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15 Dec 10
The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono

The Golden Age of Japanese Okimono

Dr A.M. Kanter’s Collection Laura Bordignon Antique Collectors’ Club pages 302 coplously illustrated with colour plates ISBN 978-1-85149-609-9 Review by Sir Hugh Cortazzi Laura Bordignon is an antique dealer who has developed a close interest in the arts and crafts of the Meiji era.  Dr Kanter has collected many fine pieces of ivory carvings made […]

Shot by Both Sides, by Meisei Goto, translated by Tom Gill

Shot by Both Sides, by Meisei Goto, translated by Tom Gill

Watching the river flowing under Ochanomizu Bridge, we read as Akaki (our narrator) muses on bridges mentioned in the stories of Kafu, and also that of Gogol, another of his favourite authors. He’s on the bridge waiting to meet a man called Yamakawa, we follow his thoughts on Gogol and that in his student days he had a khaki overcoat, where is it now?

06 Aug 10
Art of Edo Japan, The Artist and the City 1615-1868

Art of Edo Japan, The Artist and the City 1615-1868

by Christine Guth, Yale University Press, 2010 (soft back edition), 176 pages including index, glossary and chronology, copious colour illustrations, ISBN 978-0-300-16414-8

Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブルー)

Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブルー)

directed by Satoshi Kon (今 敏), 1998, anime, 82 minutes, based on novel of same name by Yoshikazu Takeuchi (竹内義和)

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