Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864), Snow, Moon, and Flowers Series 1858, Woodblock print, Image credit: Lakeland Arts Trust
House of the Setting Sun is an imaginative programme of activity to celebrate Blackwell’s 120th year and the enduring legacy of artistic exchange between Britain and Japan.
The programmne consists of an exhibition The Lure of the Floating World: Japan and its enduring influence which examines the interchange of influence between traditional Japanese design and the British Arts & Crafts Movement. Visitors will find an exquisitely embroidered 20th-century Kimono and Obi sash, a rarely seen collection of traditional 19th-century Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints, and a collection of 19th and 20th-century Japanese and British ceramics.There’s Mischief in the House as Blackwell explores popular and mischievous characters from Japanese folklore. Created by Brighton-based Manga Illustrator Inko Ai Takita, there’s a playful trail throughout the house that will introduce visitors to some of these legendary creatures, who formed the inspiration for modern day Pokémon.