japonisme: serendipity

15 April 2007

serendipity

while researching something else, i came across this amazing blog. i was really sorry i didn't know japanese, and that the online translators are not yet out of beta.

this one reminded me of steinlen's 'la rue.'

since all of the images i've selected come close to the end of the meiji period, the same timespan of many of the mfa postcards we've seen, i guess it's almost like them imitating us imitating them. doesn't this cranes one look like the woman reflected in water one?

i love all the textures here.

this one could almost have been david goines in a past life.

i am very sorry that most of the book covers, which i found most interesting of all, particularly when compared to what was going on here at the same time, i just didn't feel would reproduce all that well. all the more reason for you to check it out!

but the magazines....

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4 Comments:

Blogger Princess Haiku said...

I like the herons in the pool of light.

16 April, 2007 18:40  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thanks, ph. wonderful image.

16 April, 2007 21:20  
Blogger Princess Haiku said...

The translation tool should open up new vistas for your independent research. Now that I am blogging with people from several countries I wish I had studied three languages at school and that one of them was Latin. One needs to prepare for an avocation of blogging. Perhaps in the U.S. we will see more interest in language studies as a result of the internet.

22 April, 2007 21:20  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

well, even though i'm conversant in french, not even french can i understand through the translators as they now function. let alone japanese

22 April, 2007 21:55  

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