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Donation and Exhibition of Modern Japanese Calligraphy and Ukiyo-e Artworks

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CityU Library is honored to receive fascinating artworks donated by two artists from Japan, Ms. Kouno (香之), Japanese calligrapher and Ms. Sing (性), Japanese illustrator. The Library has been dedicated in the promotion of classical literature through arts as they are in close connection with the classics and history. Seeing the Library’s efforts, the artists show their appreciation by creating three pieces of calligraphies and three pieces of new Ukiyo-e for annotating old Ukiyo-e (浮世繪, pictures of the floating world), a genre of Japanese art flourished from the 17th to the 19th century, depicting the everyday life and interests of the common people of Edo (modern Tokyo) and other cities in Japan.

The two artists visited the Library and a donation ceremony was held on 24 October in recognition of their generous support. An exhibition of the artworks and related library collections was also organized. The donated artworks are digitized and archived in CityU Artwork Collection. They will help to foster students’ appreciation of visual aesthetics and to cast light on their understanding of both culture in China and Japan. A talk on “Japonism is derived from Chinese Culture” was presented by Ms. Sing after the ceremony.

Reference Materials

Japonism is derived from Chinese Culture (24 October 2014)

The Chronology of Ukiyo-e (浮世繪): records of Chinese culture in the Japanese Islands (24 October 2014)

The Beginning of Democracy in Japan? Review of NHK Documentary (Written by Sing and Man) (24 October 2014)

1) Review on NHK documentary「原爆投下:活かされなかった極秘情報」 “Atomic bomb attack: Unapplied top secret” aired on August 6, 2011.
*NHK(Nippon Hoso Kyokai : Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s national public broadcasting organization.

2) Review on NHK documentary 「封印された原爆報告書」“ Untold Report of Atomic Bombing” aired on August 6, 2010.
*NHK(Nippon Hoso Kyokai : Japan Broadcasting Corporation) is Japan’s national public broadcasting organization.

Poster

Photo Gallery

Donation and Exhibition of Modern Japanese Calligraphy and Ukiyo-e Artworks Group Photo 1 Donation and Exhibition of Modern Japanese Calligraphy and Ukiyo-e Artworks Group Photo 2 Talk by Ms. Kouno and Ms. Sing 1 Talk by Ms. Kouno and Ms. Sing 2