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12 May 2017
The term “kamon”, or simply mon, refers to a crest used in Japan to indicate one's family lineage. Kamon are often referred to as “Family Crests”,...
28 April 2017
The Subtile Profundity of Japanse Art Some of the most important differences between Western and Eastern art originate from the relationship between...
26 April 2017
Jizai Okimono are realistically shaped figures of animals made from iron, copper, shibuichi or shakudo. Their bodies and limbs are articulated, and...
29 March 2017
I often notice some confusion about netsuke: what is and what is not a netsuke, what they were used for and how, when they were made, and so on. As a...
30 January 2017
Negoro lacquer wares were produced in Negoro-ji, the head temple of the Shinai Shingon sect of Buddhism. During medieval times, Negoro utensils...
15 November 2016
  At first sight one might think Japanese armors all look similar and their value is more or less the same. They are not. At all. So, what should one...

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