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2015 The Year of the Green Wooden Sheep

illustration by Shumei Kobayashi – water colour and ink on paper Shumei Kobayashi’s fine portrait of the Sheep presented to us earlier this year heads up our New Year Greetings. I am a passive onlooker I let bygones be bygones …
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2013 The Year of Black Water Snake

Snake illustration by Shumei Kobayashi  February 4 2013 sees the commencement of the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Snake (巳年), the black water snake to be precise, a rare combination not experienced since 1953. In the Chinese scheme of …
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Auction Records for Netsuke Keep Falling

Netsuke Records Continue To Fall: Toyomasa Tiger not a Hare With Amber Eyes How much of the current upsurge of interest in Japanese netsuke can be credited to the highly engaging biographical novel The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund …
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NHK Films Australian Lacquer Collectors

Outside support for Japanese culture is seen as a fillip to the national psyche in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. Australian collections of Japanese lacquer and our support for the continuation of the tradition in the works of …
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The Year of the Dragon

Pictured above : Kakiemon Kiln Mythical Dragon Hexagonal Bowl, 1690 – 1710. Porcelain. 18 x 18 x 9 cm January 23rd saw the commencement of the Year of the Dragon.  The dragon is the only mythical animal in the Oriental …
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A Decade at LKG

2011 marks the tenth year of Trevor Fleming’s employment with Lesley Kehoe Galleries. At 24 years of age with a working holiday in Japan and some experience in the hospitality industry, Trevor’s love of Japan brought him to the world …
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The Art of Gift Giving

That this is an art is reflected by the phrase ‘it’s the thought that counts’.  Originally this phrase was a genuine expression of appreciation for the artful thought that inspired the gift – the consideration of the other in the …
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NGV to Build Dedicated Japanese Gallery

Sponsored by a generous donation from Mrs Pauline Gandel, collector extraordinaire of Japanese lacquer, and matched by State Government funds, the NGV is to have its first ever gallery dedicated to Japanese art…in fact, we think it might well be …
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