Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
Art historian Andreas Marks has gathered together approximately 200 Japanese woodblock prints depicting scenic spots and cultural icons that still delight visitors today, from Mount Fuji to the temples of Kyoto. He includes prints that show the roads and railways people travelled on; the pastimes they engaged in, such as blossom viewing and attending festivals; the entertainment they indulged in, such as kabuki theater; the fashions they wore, and the food they ate. Explanatory captions provide background context to the scenes depicted. This book contains many famous woodblock prints by masters such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Utagawa Kunisada that currently hang in prestigious galleries and museums worldwide. Katsuhika Hokusai, the best-known woodblock artist of all, is well represented, with many prints from his Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road series and Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series, including his world-renowned Great Wave print. Japan Journeys will delight modern visitors to Japan and provides a valuable and fascinating resource for anyone with an interest in Japanese art, history, and traditional culture.