A Sailing Tradition
The Treasures of Ise-Shima National Park
The Shima Peninsula, which is located in southern Mie Prefecture, along with the surrounding Ise-Shima National Park, is mostly privately owned: A remarkable ninety-six percent of the land, in fact. That means that both nature and humans have coexisted there since ancient times, with the area boasting a deep history and culture that have been passed down to today. For several centuries, Anori Puppet Play has been performed at Anori Shrine, which stands on Cape Anori within Shima City, Mie Prefecture. Its roots stretch back to 1592, when the naval commander Yoshitaka Kuki, who served Nobunaga Oda as well as Hideyoshi Toyotomi, was sailing off the cape on his way to an invasion of a foreign land. Owing to adverse headwinds, he was forced to make a land evacuation on a beach near Anori, at which time he paid a visit to what is now Anori Shrine, where he prayed for safety on the upcoming ocean voyage and victory in the battle. Later, after the battle, he returned to the village and paid another visit to the shrine, this time to give thanks. There, he and his entourage were entertained by a puppet play—it is said that the event initiated the tradition of the performances.
Okhotsk Sea, Where Children Can No Longer Play
The project ‘no human, no nature’ by artist Yoichi Kamimura examines the threads between man and his environment.
Colour Photos of Yakuza Tattoos from the Meiji Period
19th-century photographs have captured the usually hidden tattoos that covered the bodies of the members of Japanese organised crime gangs.
Plunged into the Intimacy of the Violent World of the Yakuza
The daily life of organised crime in Japan is analysed by Korean photograph Seung-Woo Yang, who saw it all from the inside.
The Emergence of the Modern Woman in Japan
The 1920s saw the advent of a new artistic movement, Japanese modernism, during which women were emancipated from their traditional role.
The Met's Japanese Art Collection Available Online
Started in the 1880s, it now comprises thousands of objects, many of which are not displayed within the gallery’s permanent exhibitions.