No64 [FOCUS] Kenbishi, the soul of sake

As one of the oldest breweries in the archipelago, it endeavours to preserve traditional methods of production. The celebrated logo of the Kenbishi brewery, founded in 1505.   Kenbishi is more than just the name of a sake brewery. Founded in 1505, it’s historically one of the oldest and best [...]

No63 [NEWS] Japonisme in the 21st century

The work of Yoshida Kimiko is representative of the multitude of connections between Japan and France. The Cherry Blossom Bride. Self-portrait, 2006   2018 marks the 160th anniversary of Franco-Japanese diplomatic relations with an event entitled Japonismes, and the opportunity to take a new lo[...]

No63 [SUCCESS] A movement in perpetual motion

Are animation films an example of a kind of Japonisme, which continues to reinvent itself? The Blunt Sword (Namakura katana) by Kouchi Jun’ichi (1917).   T he Japanese film animation industry is a real labyrinth. It’s an extraordinary maze of ideas, whose influence on the international scen[...]

No63 [TREASURE] Hokusai, an international artist

According to the leading collector of the famous Manga, its fame rests on the incredible imagination of the artist. According to URAGAMI Mitsuru, Hokusai’s Manga is a precious account of the Edo period.   URAGAMI Mitsuru, the renowned gallery owner has the world’s largest collection of [...]

No63 [TECHNIQUE] Prints -a magnetic attraction

The phenomenon that excited curiosity and fascinated collectors in the West has had a remarkable evolution. The River Tama in Musashi Province (Bushu Tamagawa), from “The thirty-six views of Mount Fuji” (Fuji sanjurokkei), 8th view, around 1829-1833, by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Woodblock [...]

No63 [TREND] Paris, a town under influence

From the second half of the 19th century, the French capital followed the example of Japan. Poster for the 1890 exhibition devoted to Japanese prints.   During the second half of the 19th century, Japanese art held an unparalleled fascination for the West, which generated the extraordinary aest[...]

No63 [HISTORY] A multifaceted interest

During the past few decades, the extent of Japan’s influence on the Western art world has been revealed. This poster for Clément bicycles, circa 1900, illustrates the Japanese influence.   The word “Japonisme” came into being after the successful visit of Japan’s official envoy to [...]

No63 [FOCUS] The roots of “Japonismes”

To coincide with the opening of a season devoted to Japanese culture, we invite you to discover the origins of Japonisme in France. It was thanks to the initiative of Siegfried Bing that the Society of Friends of Japanese Art came into being. Its meetings were announced on cards decorated “in the [...]

No62 [FOCUS] Hanno, a secret garden

This green lung in the Tokyo region is ideal for those who love walking and unusual discoveries. The Greater Tokyo area has no shortage of beautiful trekking and hiking trails, starting with Mount Takao in the capital’s western suburbs and, of course, the mighty Mount Fuji, which is only two hours[...]

No62 [FOCUS] Kurahashi – the gods’ choice

You’ll never grow weary of this island of paradise, which is often used as a film setting. i still experience the same emotion when we come round the mountain and see the little town with its blue roofs and the little islands on the horizon.   Who among us hasn’t dreamed of going to liv[...]