WHAT IS UKIYO-E PROJECT
In the word "Ukiyo-e", Ukiyo means "Nowadays" and "Present", so in Ukiyo-e, the artisans portrayed sceneries such as popular beautiful women, kabuki actors, and famous locations of that period. UKIYO-E PROJECT has a mindset based on that "Ukiyo-e" in the modern era, and portray artists and pop icons of TODAY on traditional woodblock prints.
UKIYO-E PROJECT ADVISER
？〜What is Ukiyo-e〜！
Ukiyo-e is a Japanese traditional woodblock print. Moreover, since the 18th century, "multicolor brush prints" = "Nishiki-e" has been developed, and furthermore a dramatic development has been made. It is a technique unique to Japan.
Do not forget the existence of craftsmen that supports that technique. The craftsmen are "illustrator", "woodcarver" and "printer". An excellent "Ukiyo-e" is born when all three craftsmen's skill reaches its peak.
A project that links this tradition from past to present and to the future is "Ukiyo-e Project". Ukiyo-e has always reflected "current era" in every age. In other words, "Ukiyo-e is a mirror reflecting the present day". Even if it is drawn as a story of a period older than today, Ukiyo-e masters have drawn it as "modern Ukiyo-e".
<Executive Director of the International Ukiyo-e Society, Shigeru Shindo>
UKIYO-E PROJECT Adviser
Ukiyo-e Researcher・Ukiyo-e Connoisseur・Ukiyo-e Collector Executive Director of the International Ukiyo-e Society
Tokyo University of Science Department of Mathematics graduate (Set Theory major)
Kabuki-za Calendar- "Kabuki Egoyomi", in charge of planning, configuration and explanation on an annual basis
24th Uchiyama Award Recipient (Japan Ukiyo-e Society/ 2005/ Ukiyo-e Research)
He currently specializes in "Ukiyo-e", "Rakugo", "Kabuki", and "Japanese Mathematics", and with these as the foundation he has been promoting the empirical "Ukiyo-e Research".
・『Actor Portrait Prints Exhibition』
・『Theatrical Play Toys Prints』
（Tobacco & Salt Museum・Osaka City Museum／1995）
・『Kabuki in Ukiyo-e 』
（Tobacco & Salt Museum／1996）
・『Rakugo in Ukiyo-e』
（Tobacco & Salt Museum／2001）
・『4 Year Anniversary Ukiyo-e Exhibition』
（Bato-machi Hiroshige Museum／2004）
（Tokyo Station Gallery／2004～2005）
・『150th Anniversary of Yokosuka Port Opening "Yokohama Ukiyo-e"』
・『Yoshu Chikanobu Exhibition』
（Hiraki Ukiyo-e Museum／2012）
・『Ukiyo-e Floating World』
・『150th Anniversary of Kunisada Utagawa's death』
（Ukiyo-e Ota Memorial Museum of Art／2014）
UKIYO-E PROJECT FOUNDER/ ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Ukiyo-e has always depicted "Now", and there are many stories within the artwork. Imagination expands from the bold composition, and the problem solves gradually as you understand the story. As a "Metal carver" myself, I am intrigued by the Ukiyo-e creation process. From talking to the artisans, I am in touch by their technique, amazed, and greatly impressed by the rich expression of the woodblock prints.
I think there is "Japanese-ness" condensed in "Ukiyo-e". Meticulous work, incredible endurance from the excessive amount of precise work, variety of persistency, and harmony in division of labor.
Through this Project, I would be happy to see people from around the world to feel Japan. We will be creating "Contemporary Ukiyo-e" = "Artwork depicting Now" that we will be proud of 100 years later, 200 years later in the future.
Mitsui Agency International
Jun 2014 UKIYO-E PROJECT founded
Feb 2015 Announced 1st collaboration Ukiyo-e with KISS
Feb 2016 Ukiyo-e Exhibition @ Morrison Hotel Gallery in Sunset Marquis Hotel, Los Angeles
Apr 2016 Portraying Today Ukiyo-e Exhibition @ Grand Front Osaka
Jul 2016 Ukiyo-e Exhibition @ French Paper Gallery in Paris
Dec 2016 Announced 2nd collaboration Ukiyo-e with IRON MAIDEN
Jun 2018 Announced 3rd collaboration Ukiyo-e with David Bowie
Exhibition @ BOOKMARC in Harajuku: “UKIYO-E PROJECT presents DAVID BOWIE UKIYO-E EXHIBITION”
Jul 2018 Both David Bowie Ukiyo-e, “David Bowie Shapeshifting Comparison “Kidomaru” (Aladdin Sane) Ukiyo-e” and
“David Bowie Shapeshifting Comparison “Takezawa Toji” (Diamond Dogs) Ukiyo-e”, officially became part of
the British Museum’s collection