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100 famous views of EDO

One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

What is "EDO 100Kei" ?

“JK” is an abbreviation of “Joshi Koukousei”, which means “female senior high school student” in Japanese. JK is an important part of Japanese pop culture, and is gaining increasing exposure across the world. JK can appear from anywhere, fascinating us with her beauty before leaving. I want to preserve this beautiful scene, but I’ve always wondered what the backdrop should be?

When you stand at certain places in Tokyo, you can feel the weight of history behind it. Such places have been captured as “Ukiyoe”, a style of art popular during the Edo era (from 1603 to 1868). This style is considered part of the “pop culture” of the Edo era. The scenery in these places has changed as time has passed, just as if the Ukiyoe picture had been painted over again and again. What would such a painting look like now, if such a picture had been painted over and over, until it shows the scene of the place in the present?

It would be fantastic if I could capture such a scene with the ephemeral and beautiful JK. This is why I planned the project “EDO 100 Kei” – a series of pictures of female high school students set in Edo (Tokyo), framed in Ukiyoe style.

"Meisho Edo Hyakkei(One Hundred Famous Views of Edo) × Kina Kazuharu" is a project, where I will draw one hundred sights of Edo.

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