“Life in the Edo Period through Ukiyo-e Prints” Exhibition

“Life in the Edo Period through Ukiyo-e Prints” Exhibition to Showcase Japanese Culture at Australian Sake Festival

Australian Sake Festival is delighted to announce the upcoming digital exhibition titled “Life in the Edo Period through Ukiyo-e Prints,” taking place this year.

The exhibition offers a captivating journey into the vibrant world of Edo-era Japan, showcasing the daily lives, customs, and traditions of the people through the intricate art of Ukiyo-e prints. Ukiyo-e, meaning “pictures of the floating world,” emerged during the Edo period (1603-1868) and has since become an integral part of Japanese art history.

Visitors will be transported back in time as they explore a diverse collection of Ukiyo-e prints meticulously selected for this digital exhibition. These exquisite works of art, created by renowned artists of the period such as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige, offer a unique window into the Edo period and its social, cultural, and natural landscapes.

From bustling urban scenes and depictions of iconic landmarks to portraits of geishas, samurais, and everyday people engaged in various activities, “Life in the Edo Period through Ukiyo-e Prints” captures the essence of an era marked by beauty, elegance, and a distinct sense of aesthetics.

Australian Sake Festival aims to foster cultural appreciation and exchange between Japan and Australia, and this digital exhibition perfectly embodies this vision by bringing the rich heritage of Edo-period Japan to the diverse audience of Melbourne and Sydney.

“We are thrilled to present ‘Life in the Edo Period through Ukiyo-e Prints’ at Australian Sake Festival,” said Ms. Hiromi Sekine, Curator of Cultural programs at the festival. “Through these timeless artworks, we hope to provide visitors with a deeper understanding of Japanese history, art, and the enduring legacy of the Edo period.”

The exhibition will be accessible digitally, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the captivating world of Ukiyo-e prints while attending Australian Sake Festival. High resolution images, detailed descriptions, and educational resources will enhance the experience and provide a comprehensive insight into the Edo period.

Don’t miss the opportunity to embark on a visual journey through time and discover the beauty of “Life in the Edo Period through Ukiyo-e Prints” at Australian Sake Festival!

Program details

Program length: 30 min
Melbourne timetable: 11:30am, 1:15pm and 3pm (both Saturday and Sunday)
Sydney timetable: To be announced in August 2023

*This program will be broadcasted on a large LED screen.

Program topics

1. The Edo Period: An Introduction to an Era
2. Ukiyo-e Prints: Exploring the Art Form
3. Daily Life in Edo: Unveiling the Edo Lifestyle
4. A Day in Edo: The Commencement of Daily Life
5. Elegance in Edo: Etiquette and Appearance
6. Bustling Streets and Morning Sake: Unraveling the Tradition
7. Sake Production in the Edo Period and the Variety of Sake Enjoyed in Edo
8. The Sake Industry: From Wholesalers to Local Retailers and Izakayas
9. Izakaya Culture: Originating from the Edo Period
10. Dining Out in Edo: Exploring the Food Culture
11. Entertainment Accompanied by Sake
12. Lessons from the People of the Edo Period

Some of Ukiyo-e images used in the program.

Production credits

“Life in the Edo Period through Ukiyo-e Prints” Production
Curator and Editor: Hiromi Sekine (JAMS.TV Pty Ltd)
Video Production: Hiroyuki Ishizuka (OMUSUBI)
Title Design: Yosuke Ando
Special Thanks: Koichi Nakata Collection, Amana Images
Copyright: JAMS.TV Pty Ltd


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