The Chinese Shuihu Zhuan

Ever heard of the Chinese Shuihu Zhuan? For most people, it probably sounds like the menu of their favourite Asian restaurant. However, few people know that these are Chinese Robin Hoods. They are the model for the Japanese Suikoden of the 18th century.  Shuihu Zhuan – more than just a fairy tale The Shuihu Zhuan …

The Koi – A cult tattoo and its prominence

When it comes to Kois, short form for Nishikigoi, almost everyone has probably heard of this fish. Whether you are a fan of fish studies or have noticed its popularity as a tattoo motif, Kois are having a cult status in today’s culture and not just in Japanese. How the Koi turned into a Dragon …

The Rise of Irezumi in Japan

Swen Losinsky flew to London to the Hamiltons Gallery to visit Mario Testino’s exhibition “East”. The renowned photographer featured 18 prints that thematizised the rise of Irezumi and compromises two subjects matters: Japanese flowers on golden screens and vividly tattooed men intricately entwined. Flowers in the floating world Inspired by traditional ‘Ukiyo-e‘ (pictures of the …

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