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Hokusai and Kappa 北斎と河童


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I finally could see Hokusai’s Ukiyo-e works.

Hokusai (1760–1849) is one of the most remarkable Japanese Ukiyo-e artist.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hokusai

And his Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series are acknowledged as one of the most famous Ukiyo-e series.

Ukiyo means The Floating World.)

To know more about Katsushika Hokusai and to access more of his works, you can visit this Artsy’s site:

https://www.artsy.net/artist/katsushika-hokusai

In this New year season, there has been a special exhibition
at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno.

 

Some of his paintings which aren’t usually displayed at the galleries  are now open to the public.

I really enjoyed to see them.
It was a great experience to see the works with my eyes.

I was attracted by Hokusai’s way of delineation of people’s daily lives with humor.

 

Hokusai also had many drawing styles.
From beautiful serene images to clutter images.

 

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa

 

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South Wind, Clear Sky

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Through all of his works, I really felt his extraordinary passion and devotion to painting.

I bought a Ukiyo-e guide book for Aika.

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The book has Japanese and English explanations.
I hope Aika can learn design and painting techniques through this book (^.^)/

After museum, I visited Asakusa.
On my way to Asakusa, I passed through Kappa-bashi dougu street.


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Kappa (かっぱ)means a cloak for rain.

But there is another meaning.
Actually it is a different word but same pronunciation.

Kappa is humanoid river monster in Japanese folklore.

Here’s Kappa Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kappa_%28folklore%29

On this street you can find a wide range of kitchen implements.

And many Kappa statues (^_^;)

Kappa_2683sneaking Kappa

 

Kappa_2684Yoga Kappa

 

Kappa_2686shop staff Kappa

 

Kappa_2679meditating….

 

Kappa_2680meditating….wishing Love and Peace

 

 

Thereare more info in the links below:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3020.html

http://bento.com/phgal-kappabashi.html

 

This area is getting popular nowadays.
Because it located between Asakusa and Ueno.

Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s always nice to see beautiful table wares, artificial sushi, signboards for restaurant etc.

You can always take photos with those Kawaii Kappas (^o^)

 

 



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