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Ukiyo-e loving artist traveling around the world!
  • Adam Price
    Adam Price
    ausUkiyo-e loving artist traveling by motorcycle.
    An Australian so touched with ukiyo-e has quit the job as a teacher and become an artist.

Ukiyo-e loving artist traveling around the world!

  • Used to live in Japan as an English teacher for a year and a half.

    Used to live in Japan as an English teacher for a year and a half.

    Adam Price is an artist from Australia. He loves ukiyo-e and is traveling around the world to visit museums by his motorcycle. He used to live in Nagoya as an English teacher for a year and a half. Ukiyo-e is the reason why he became an artist, he's so much looking forward to the "Ekin Festival" in Kochi where he'll be able to see some rare ukiyo-e prints.


  • What is "Ekin Festival" that has made Adam come all the way to Kochi?

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    What is "Ekin Festival"? This festival is held to commemorate Kinzo’s works. Kinzo was one of the most famous and distinctive artists during the end of the Edo period and he used to paint in return for being welcomed to stay at a local house. He's called "Ekin" which is short for Kinzo Eshi.


    Kinzo was a Kano school artist which was the largest group of painters in Japanese art history.

    Kinzo was a Kano school artist which was the largest group of painters in Japanese art history.

    Despite the sensitive colors the paintings were called "Muzan-e" because of their cruel depictions and treated as talismans to ward off evil at the end of the Edo period. Each of over 20 painting is lit by a single candle, whose flickering light only intensifies the drama of his works.


    Ukiyo-e prints over 140 years old!

    Ukiyo-e prints over 140 years old!

    The town of Akaoka is filled with people and street stalls. Ukiyo-e prints of "Kinzo" are displayed everywhere in town, Adam must be so excited. There are ukiyo-e prints over 140 years old displayed along the streets and he is amazed and surprised by their colors.


    Yokomachi Shotengai, Honmachi, Akaokacho, Konan city
    Akaokacho, Konan city, Kochi prefecture
  • Are you really going to sleep there?

    Are you really going to sleep there?

    Adam basically sleeps outside. After 1.5 hours of drive he finally stops at a dark shrine where a car can't even go in. Super scary… "Japanese shrines are safe because there will be no strangers coming in", according to him. He went to sleep at 2am in complete darkness.
    *We received an approval from the shrine afterwards.


    A battle with a mosquito at breakfast.

    A battle with a mosquito at breakfast.

    We visit him again in the morning. Adam is cooking a delicious-looking breakfast with bread, egg, ham and cheese but is getting distracted by a mosquito flying around so he starts to fight with a turner and yes, he's got it! …and of course he'll use it again to flip the bread.


  • Painting Japanese sea using Japanese technique.

    Painting Japanese sea using Japanese technique.

    After breakfast he's decided to paint at the beach nearby. He's brought out a "suzuri" that is used for ink painting and shuji. He's decided to use the Japanese technique to paint Japanese sea.


    Good luck Adam!

    Good luck Adam!

    It is a pleasure for Adam to take in the technique of each country he visits to his paintings but it is a tough work and he is learning everyday. Good luck Adam!