"In November 1855, the Great Ansei Earthquake struck the city of Edo (now Tokyo), claiming 7,000 lives and inflicting widespread damage. Within days, a new type of color woodblock print known as namazu-e (lit. "catfish pictures")
became popular among the residents of the shaken city. These prints featured depictions of mythical giant catfish (namazu) who, according to popular legend, caused earthquakes by thrashing about in their underground lairs. In addition to providing humor and social commentary, many prints claimed to offer protection from future earthquakes."
posted by madamjujujive
on Apr 8, 2011 -
The Virtual Tour of Edo
allows you explore the city that would one day become Tokyo, Japan. Classical images illustrate short descriptions of life in this 18th century metropolis. Although modern Tokyo may look very "Western" on the surface, in its heart the spirit of Edo still lives on!
posted by Joey Michaels
on Aug 24, 2002 -
Look no further than John Fiorillo's Viewing of Japanese Prints
for the definitive online resource on the art. Covering over three centuries of Japanese print making from Ukiyo-e
through Shin Hanga
and Sôsaku Hanga
has detailed histories and critiques of the artists, including such legendary masters as Katsushika Hokusai
. The site also includes a wealth of information on the artform itself, with essays on topics as varied as the deciphering of prints
and the various forms of poetry found on them
, as well as archival notes on print fading
. Have a question for the man himself? Shogun Gallery's discussion board
is one of his favorite haunts, where he helps users with questions ranging from signature identification to the allusions found within a specific print. Given the wealth of information and beauty of the work, this site's a treasure.
posted by J. R. Hughto
on Jul 31, 2002 -