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Sydney’s Japan Foundation will be presenting the “Reading Fashion in Ukiyo-e” gallery talk on October 30.

Tracing the history of Japanese dress as shown in 19th century woodblock prints, the talk will be given by Dr Yuzuruha Oyama, resident Japanese textiles specialist at the Tokyo National Museum. If you’re a Japanese history or art fanatic, Hello Asia! has all the details below.

Ukiyo-e woodblock prints offer a fascinating insight into Edo period dress, a time where the beautiful kimono was part of everyday wear. Study of fashion through Ukiyo-e allows observers to learn about social protocol, lifestyle and clothing trends of old Japan, as these prints were the Edo equivalent of today’s fashion magazines. Speaking about the upcoming talk, Dr Oyama says, “I’m looking forward to sharing tips on how to decode classic Japanese fashion with a Sydney audience”.

The talk is part of the event program “Lines on Paper: Demystifying Woodblock Prints and Manga” and run in conjunction with the “EDO GIGA: Comical Woodblock Prints from Japan (Part 2)” exhibition on display October 13-November 2 at the Japan Foundation Gallery. Talk attendees are encouraged to explore the gallery following the presentation and there will be free Choya plum wine tasting at the event.

“Reading Fashion in Ukiyo-e” Gallery Talk
Date: Friday, October 30 2015
Time: 6:30pm-7:30pm (doors open at 6pm)
The Japan Foundation Sydney
Level 4, Central Park
28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW 2008

Bookings are essential so please RSVP at the Japan Foundation’s website here.