EDITORIAL: Welcome to Andon 113 which brings you again a versatile group of articles and themes.
The first contribution by John Fiorillo is about the craft of oshi-e, colour patchwork pictures from Osaka. He tells us about the popular reception of oshi-e, the interconnectedness of this craft with Kabuki and ukiyo-e as well as the participatory aspect of oshi-e.
Markéta Hánová gives us an introduction to the special exhibition ZENGA– Japanese Zen Paintings from the Kaeru-An Collection which runs at the National Gallery Prague until the beginning of October this year. Hopefully, it entices you to travel to Prague over the summer to view Japanese Zen painting and calligraphy from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries.
Capucine Korenberg takes a close look at some of Katsushika Hokusai’s famous prints and provides some fascinating insights into the complex identification process to ascertain the production chronology of his prints.
The book review by Aafke van Ewijk discusses the new publication Patriotic Pedagogy: How Karuta Game Cards Taught a Japanese War Generation by Michaela Kelly, which sheds light on how karuta poetry game cards were used during the war years as an educational tool.
We hope you will enjoy reading the articles and we wish you all a pleasant summer.