I was so pleased that I managed to catch Brighton Museum’s Floating Worlds: Japanese Woodcuts exhibition before it closed this January. It was such an inspiring and thoughtfully curated collection of woodcut prints.
The scenes in the show depicted the Edo period of 19th century Japan and offered a window into an unbelievably magical world…luminous full moons, bustling night markets, villages frozen in snow, sumptuous patterns and clothing…
The images really capture the imagination and draw you in, as if you could follow the traveller down the printed path and on to the distant mountains on the horizon. Here’s a small selection of some of my favourites, their titles listed at the end of the post. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
Images shared here without permission. Titles in order of display:
1. Carrying the Mask to the Fair by Moonlight by Utagawa Hiroshige c1823
2. Snow at Tsukahara by Kuniyoshi Ichiyusai 1831
3. Picture of the Lake Hakone by Utagawa Hiroshige 1833-34
4. Station 46 Kameyama, Clear Weather after Snow by Utagawa Hiroshige 1833-34
5. The Hat Shop Seki by Utagawa Hiroshige