Tag Archives: Japan

Year of the Mask

“Beyond Noh” by Patrick Smith is a mesmerizing trip through thousands of mask from around the world, including the now ubiquitous Covid-19 protective devices.  The vivid images span dozens of cultures and time periods and shift from one to the next … Continue reading

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Worldwide Live

When I have felt especially claustrophobic during the Pandemic lockdown, I have checked out some of the amazing live camera feeds from around the globe. Recently, I found the wonderful Rolling Cam World on Youtube and I think that I’m … Continue reading

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Kafka on the Shore (and t-shirts)

When I think of the celebrated Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami  fashion does not come to mind. However, it seems that the author is much more interested in style than his novels such as 1Q84 and Norwegian Wood suggest. Murakami recently collaborated with … Continue reading

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Vintage is better

I recently ran across a treasure trove of vintage Japanese travel posters from the early 20th century. As you know, I’m a little bit obsessed with travel related advertising, but I think that early travel posters managed to do a … Continue reading

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The Red Lantern

Kitagawa Utamaro and The Red lantern Shop, Kyoto, Woodblock printing technique From Process of Printing Wood Engraving (Mokuhan Suritate Junjo),  1956.  

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Repair and Restoration

  A big h/t to Bonnie B. our first and most loyal subscriber for this post on a loving restoration project from Japan. As an antiquarian and secondhand bookseller, I’ve done some minor repairs and restorations over the years, but … Continue reading

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National Parks

Hiroshi Yoshida (吉田 博, Yoshida Hiroshi, September 19, 1876 – April 5, 1950) was a 20th-century Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the shin-hanga style, and is noted especially for his excellent landscape prints. Yoshida travelled widely, and was particularly … Continue reading

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Pandemic Art

The New York City-based Brazilian-born Japanese artist Oscar Oiwa found himself in similar circumstances as many folks when the pandemic began last year. His projects and travels were all postponed, and he found himself locked down in his NYC apartment. … Continue reading

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Library, Museum, Spaceship ?

Here at TBTP World HQ, we still sorely miss visiting libraries and museums. So, we are forced to live vicariously for now through virtual travel. We were intrigued to learn about this amazing new project outside of Tokyo that launched … Continue reading

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Book Off Japan

Secondhand and used bookstores around the world have been struggling during the Pandemic just like most other retail businesses. But they have the added burden of replenishing their book stocks. Many used booksellers rely on customers bringing in books to … Continue reading

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