Monday, 10 May 2010

Brush and paper - foundation of Horiyoshi III's Irezumi tradition.

When sitting toghether with Horiyoshi III and watching him unfold the results of his increasing maturity and experience as a traditional Japanese artist, it's hard not to make comparisons to Hokusai (1760-1849). Both artists are moving through a rapidly changing urban enviroment, yet maintaining a strong tie to artsitic tradition and form.
Moderneties are strange to any person. It doesn't matter if it's the Edo period Japan or present day Yokohama. The coloring of the brocade ends up the same even though the look is slightly different. Kokoro remains Kokoro.

(photograph made by Alex Reinke in Yokohama, Japan.)

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