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Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012


"Directory of Edo Stars"


Staff writer

Famous kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers and courtesans were the celebrities of Edo Period (1603-1867) Japan, and just as photographs, posters and other images help popularize today's film, TV and music personalities, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) portraits of these Edo stars were coveted and passed around among fans.

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"Kabuki Actor, Ichikawa Ebizo as Takemura Sadanoshin" by Toshusai Sharaku

This show of well-known faces includes depictions of popular characters from novels and offers a vibrant visual depiction of Edo Period culture; Feb. 1-26.

Ota Memorial Museum of Art; (03) 5777-8600; 1-10-10 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; Meiji-jingumae Station, Chiyoda and Fukutoshin lines. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Closed Mon. www.ukiyoe-ota-muse.jp

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