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Saturday, 22 May 2010


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wonderful selections, gina! i have a complete bound set of 'artistic japan' (i have the english version), and also have two books called (not surprisingly) 'the great wave'!

one is of prints influences by the japanese, and the second is the great history of that era.

G. R. Collia

I'm envious! I haven't been able to get the whole set yet. It seems that people have had various instalments bound together randomly, so I have two volumes of randomly numbered separate issues. It's my quest - to get all of them. I love the illustrations and layout... we don't produce anything of the same quality these days.

And oh how I wish someone had a shop with ten thousand prints in it! Wouldn't it be something, to visit Paris during the second half of the nineteenth century and see all of it for ourselves? Good reason to build a time machine.


Dear Gina,
Some five years ago I found this wonderful little shop completely crammed with Japanese prints, in Notting Hill, London. I don't know if they had ten thousand of them, but I've never seen such a great collection outside of Japan. I hope they are still in business.
A couple of years ago, on my returning from Tokyo, an Englishman asked what is it that I like most about Japan (some people just have this urge to compartmentalise everything). Being half Japanese, I found it a totally unfair question, so many are the things I love about Japan. In any case, I wouldn't change today the answer I gave him then, after reflecting for three seconds - their exquisit sense of beauty.
Great blog, by the way, makes me daydream.
Thank you.

G. R. Collia

I have an urge to rush off to Notting Hill and look for that shop now! I used to love rummaging around the antiques fairs, looking for Japanese prints. Now so few are still going... Looking for prints online just isn't the same as rummaging through a stall's absolute tat and finding a gem jammed down the back of a cupboard.

People don't tend to ask me what I like most... They assume that, as my husband is Japanese, that I have 'inherited' an interest by marriage. They ask my husband questions about Japanese art, he looks confused, I answer, then they ask him another one.

I'm glad you enjoyed the post.


Thanks Gina, for sharing these lovely pix! Oh, I've just revamped Luxury Indulgence. Pop over when u've time & let me noe ur views. Have a good weekend!

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