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Mysterious relationship of print and samurai



Samurai in the Edo era, including Ieyasu Tokugawa, has published a large number of prints, as a matter of fact. However, musha-e, ukiyo-e prints of warriors and scenes of battle were popular. The fascinating warrior portraits drawn by Kuniyoshi Utagawa (ukiyo-e artist) were especially magnificent and full of energy. Yet the samurai rendered in musha-e looked very different from the actual samurai who were making prints in the same era. There was an amazing gap between the “printed samurai” and “printing samurai.”

In this exhibition, we will shift from the usual focus of samurai as warriors to samurai as “intellectual” printers. “Print” played an important role in the political shift from a military government to a civilian-controlled government in the early years of the Tokugawa Shogunate.

Please come to see the legacy of printing from the world of the samurai. The articles on exhibit will be replaced with new articles several times to encourage guests to come for repeat visits before the exhibition closes on January 15, 2017. We look forward to welcoming you.


October 2016


Koichi Kabayama
Director
Printing Museum, Tokyo







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