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Friday, May 20, 2016

three seasonings?

Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards, www.mfa.org

Kajita Hanko (Japanese, 1870-1919) didn't get enough time on the earth. If he'd lived longer we could have had more treats such as this 1905 illustration for a series based on The Tale of Genji:
"New Herbs (Wakana) II."  ("New Herbs Wakana I" is here.)  Most of his work seems to have been illustrations (kuchi-e) for Japanese romance novels and magazines.  The Tale of Genji is a gigantic and ancient Japanese classic, but it has a romantic feel.  Most illustrations for it stick to all its pretty and noble people in their robes sitting about their pavilions.  You can imagine how thrilled I was to find this close-up, intimate and unexpected take on one of my favorite books.

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