Samurai wearing jingasa and kamishino. Hand-colored photo, late 19th century, Japan.

Samurai wearing jingasa and kamishino. Hand-colored photo, late 19th century, Japan.

Silk fukusa (gift cover) embroidered with a flight of cranes, Japan, 1800-50, Edo period. Museum no. T.20-1923

Silk fukusa (gift cover) embroidered with a flight of cranes, Japan, 1800-50, Edo period. Museum no. T.20-1923

Furisode with flowing water and bush clovers, Edo Period, 19th c, Tie-dyeing (kanoko shibori), stenciled paste-resist dyeing (kata-yuzen) and embroidery on white figured silk satin (riuzu) ground.

Furisode with flowing water and bush clovers, Edo Period, 19th c, Tie-dyeing (kanoko shibori), stenciled paste-resist dyeing (kata-yuzen) and embroidery on white figured silk satin (riuzu) ground.

Two Women  Kitagawa Utamaro  (Japanese, 1753–1806)  Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: ca. 1790 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Two Women Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753–1806) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: ca. 1790 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) - Edo Period (1600–1868) - Woodblock print; ink and colour on paper

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858) - Edo Period (1600–1868) - Woodblock print; ink and colour on paper

"Three Peonies" by Hiroshige (ca. 1830s). Source: The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.

"Three Peonies" by Hiroshige (ca. 1830s). Source: The Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution.

Yellow Chrysanthemums on a Blue Ground  Katsushika Hokusai  (Japanese, 1760–1849)  Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: ca. 1825 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Yellow Chrysanthemums on a Blue Ground Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: ca. 1825 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Crane and Waves  波に鶴図  Japanese, Edo period, latter half of the 18th century  Tsuruzawa Tansaku Morihiro, Japanese, died in 1797, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, MFA

Crane and Waves 波に鶴図 Japanese, Edo period, latter half of the 18th century Tsuruzawa Tansaku Morihiro, Japanese, died in 1797, Hanging scroll; ink and color on silk, MFA

Kosode with snow roundels and chrysanthemums..... Edo Period [1603 ~ 1868] via mahala knight

Kosode with snow roundels and chrysanthemums..... Edo Period [1603 ~ 1868] via mahala knight

Komuso “Basket” monks -  A Komusō (虚無僧) was a Japanese monk during the Edo period. Komusō were characterised by the straw basket (Tengai) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego. They are also known for playing solo pieces on the Shakuhachi flute. The Japanese government introduced reforms after the Edo period, abolishing the sect: Komusō means ”priest of nothingness” or “monk of emptiness” - Zen

Komuso “Basket” monks - A Komusō (虚無僧) was a Japanese monk during the Edo period. Komusō were characterised by the straw basket (Tengai) worn on the head, manifesting the absence of specific ego. They are also known for playing solo pieces on the Shakuhachi flute. The Japanese government introduced reforms after the Edo period, abolishing the sect: Komusō means ”priest of nothingness” or “monk of emptiness” - Zen

Landscape with a Waterfall by Nakabayashi Chikutô (Japanese, 1776–1853)  Japan; Edo period (1615–1868); 184

Landscape with a Waterfall by Nakabayashi Chikutô (Japanese, 1776–1853) Japan; Edo period (1615–1868); 184

Japan . Here we see even more massive stones interlocking in this wall. Could it be, like in Cusco Peru we are looking at evidence of an earlier technological civilization whose works were later inherited by the Edo period Japanese?

Japan . Here we see even more massive stones interlocking in this wall. Could it be, like in Cusco Peru we are looking at evidence of an earlier technological civilization whose works were later inherited by the Edo period Japanese?

Egret on a Bridge Post ca. 1801-1802  Katsushika Hokusai , (Japanese, 1760-1849)  Edo period   Ink and color on paper H: 85.7 W: 25.5 cm

Egret on a Bridge Post ca. 1801-1802 Katsushika Hokusai , (Japanese, 1760-1849) Edo period Ink and color on paper H: 85.7 W: 25.5 cm

Pheasant and Young Pines in Snow  Utagawa Hiroshige  (Japanese, 1797–1858)  Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: ca. 1835 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

Pheasant and Young Pines in Snow Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858) Period: Edo period (1615–1868) Date: ca. 1835 Culture: Japan Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper

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