A watch was released in India very recently that was all over the internet. It had on its face printed Ukiyo-e. The motif is one of the paintings of Hokusai Katsushika, “A tiger looking at the moon”.
This watch can be found here- https://www.flipkart.com/sai-collections-sc523140-analog-watch-men-women/p/itment9nraztjrhf?pid=WATENT9NN9RF8TC7
Ukiyo-e is based on a kind of woodblock print which flourished in the 17~19th century in Japan.
The word “Ukiyo-e” is translated into Japanese as “pictures of the floating world”, which meant the entertainment district in the 17th century, also called the Edo era.
The meaning of Ukiyo-e was initially drawn from the people, their lives there at first, and the meanings changed gradually.
Not only these but also sumo wrestlers, kabuki actors, and beautiful scenery came to be drawn in the 18th century.
It’s said that the way of Ukiyo-e painting influenced many impressionists in Europe like Van Gogh later.
Hokusai Katsushika was one of the most famous artists of Ukiyo-e in 18~19th century. He drew a lot of landscapes like Mt.Fuji which is the highest mountain in Japan.
Here is one of his works “Tsuki miru Tora(月見る虎)”, which means “Tiger looking at the moon”. He drew the original picture when he was 85 years old.
This tiger looks very calm, but the nails are so sharp.
What do you think about this expression?
It would be just a starting point to know the Japanese culture for Indian people. Both India and Japan have their own language which don’t use alphabet.
What’s more the mind toward religion is totally different. So it’s especially difficult to exchange our culture with each other compared to English-speaking countries.
That’s why art is quite important to exchange cultures because art doesn’t need language. Painting, music, and other art can open your doors to the unknown world. We should be proud of our own culture and tell about them to each other with respect.
Fortunately India and Japan are getting closer from the political view point. It’s a very nice opportunity to cultivate our relationship.
–Written by Hirokazu Tanaka
(Hirokazu Tanaka from Osaka, Japan quit his job as a producer with Osaka’s leading FM radio station, FM802 only to move on in an adventurous endeavor in search for something different and exciting and since then, he has never stopped)