Japanese Popular Prints: From Votive Slips to Playing Cards

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University of Hawaii Press, 2006 - Art - 208 pages
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"Approaching the subject as an artist rather than a print scholar, Rebecca Salter focuses on the craftsmen and the complex visual culture within which they worked. Through information gained from interviews with some of the remaining practitioners and analysis of the objects themselves, she builds up a picture of the quiet role woodblock played in the lives of the Japanese as they moved from the isolation of the Edo period to embrace modernisation in the early 20th century." "The book is an exploration of this area of cultural history and the numerous colour illustrations encourage a playful investigation of the many threads of Japan's visual culture."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

history method context
2
A bnef history of pnnting in Japan
12
The woodblock technique
19
Edo society
23
The art of play
28
knowledge news views
40
Books
42
Calendars koyomi
47
Catfish pnnts namazue
108
Medicine pnnts baiyakue
114
Smallpox pnnts and measles pnnts riosoe and hashikae
120
Obituary pnnts shinie
125
leisure pleasure play
130
Playful pnnts and toy pnnts asobie and omochae
132
Board games sugoroku jurokumusashi and menko
164
Playing cards karuta
183

Programmes and lists banzuke and zukushi
51
Newssheets kawaraban and shinbun nishikie
58
The art of travel maps guides and gazetteers
62
Advertising hikifuda
70
The outside world Nagasakie Yokohamae and sayae
80
faith fortune general wellbeing
92
Votive slips and exchange slips senjafuda and kokanfuda
94
Decorative papers karakami chiyogami pochibukuro and futo
193
and finally
202
Artists outlines
204
Glossary
205
Selected bibliography
207
Index
208
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About the author (2006)

Salter has been a woodblock printer for more than 20 years.

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