Woodblock prints and kimonos ; a week in Japan.

There is a wonderful shop, Hara Shobo , in Tokyo where they deal in Ukiyo-e, woodblock prints. They were kind enough to talk for hours about the history, process and stories behind the pictures. The Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art has a big collection of prints, and the Edo-Tokyo Museum has a fascinating display of the printing process.

Apart from getting slightly obsessive about woodblock prints, we wandered around gorgeous temples, bamboo forests and a seven storey stationary shop. I didn’t have time to find the shop that made the beautiful plastic food displayed at every restaurant and station – so I will be going back.

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Its all plastic!

Its all plastic!

Spotted "A Guide to Sisters"

Spotted “A Guide to Sisters”

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