Coexisting with Nature. Ama Divers & Artists. Then & Now. Dive into Ijikacho and Jimbocho!

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With a history of over 3,000 years, why have Ama divers been able to continue for such a long time?

Ama culture can be traced through history from tools and abalone shells discovered from the Jomon era (14,000–300 BCE), and mentions in poems of “Manyoshu” of the Nara period (710-784) and “The Pillow Book” of the Heian period (794 to 1185).

Ama divers were also depicted in ukiyoe prints of the Edo period(1603 – 1868), and original prints of Ama can be discovered lying hidden in the rare bookstores of Tokyo’s Jimbocho.

In this project, what will the artists’ response be when they meet Ama divers in Ijikacho living in tune with the seasons, and when they see Edo period Ukiyoe prints in Jimbocho inspired by Ama divers of the past?

Venue: Gallery Some-do, Ohya Shobo, Yamada Shoten, 50-gallery, Hara Shobo

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from March 16, 2021 to March 31, 2021

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