Tokaido Road: A Journey after Hiroshige: Libretto to the opera by Nicola LeFanu

Gaffield, Nancy (2014) Tokaido Road: A Journey after Hiroshige: Libretto to the opera by Nicola LeFanu. Shearsman, Bristol, England, 34 pp. ISBN 978-1-84861-378-2. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In 1832 the young Hiroshige sets out on Japan's great Eastern Sea road, the Tokaido, linking Edo (Tokyo) and Kyoto. The paintings he creates along the way reveal the secrets of a hidden country. As the young artist, Hiro savours all his adventures--not least the amorous ones--and his paintings bring to life everyone he meets: old men and beautiful women, samurai and geisha, pilgrims, porters and passers-by. Hiroshige in old age is present in the opera too, reflecting on what had gripped his imagination twenty-five years earlier. Behind every welcoming tea house (station) on the Tokaido, there was another story: poverty, persecution, famine. Hiroshige braved the government censor by publishing prints that show the horror of death through starvation. His work reminds us of the power of art to bear witness.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Nancy Gaffield
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2014 14:54 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43314 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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