Between 1603-1863, the Edo era marked Japan’s peaceful age with its capital in Edo, now Tokyo. Despite Japan’s seclusion from the world, its art scene flourished, showcasing woodblock prints, netsuke, porcelain, kabuki, and Bunraku puppet theater. Art from this period often featured samurai, depicted with vibrant colors and exaggerated figures, making them prominent decorative pieces. One such depiction is of a samurai warrior, clad in armor and brandishing his sword, embodying the era’s unique artistic style.
I adorned a plain bag with vibrant artwork and complemented the back with Chinese calligraphy for depth and significance. The prominent character symbolizes “nothingness,” reflecting a profound Buddhist philosophy on life’s essence. The accompanying poem echoes this contemplative theme.