Greate galapagos art of Edo. Until about 150 years ago, Tokyo was called Edo.
General Ieyasu Tokugawa made a capital in Edo and has the achievement of bringing Japan together as one nation. But he close the country, banning foreign relations.
He closed the gate for conservative reasons that he was afraid to prevent the invasion of European civilization by Christian evangelism. Because of that, the Japanese became a race with a poor international sense.

However, it was very fortunate from the viewpoint of Japanese art.
The special skills of Japanese culture were best demonstrated during the isolation. Japanese artists took time to mature foreign cultures and transformed them into new ones.Japanese culture has evolved into unique art, and brilliant art such as “Ukiyoe” and “Kabuki”, famous for “Hokusai” and “Sharaku”, has been nurtured.

The land of Edo before becoming the capital was an undeveloped wilderness, but when the Shogunate was established, merchants and craftsmen flowed in from the provinces and became the largest city in the world. People became rich and could afford to enjoy life. Their wealth supported the artist’s business. And they evaluated the work of the artist. Edo culture has evolved in a closed world and has become a wonderful art.

150 years ago, Edo became Tokyo and “Samurai” suddenly disappeared. The isolation was over and a new western culture was introduced from the world. The Japanese accepted a new culture while receiving culture shock. And they abandoned the old Edo culture without hesitation.

Japanes art matured in Galapagos has stopped evolving. Those works were no longer appreciated in japan. The Edo culture artist disappeared, too.  A greate art collection were sold to overseas collectors by changed people and is almost gone from Japan.
It ’s very disappointing.

However, Japanese ukiyoe are known to have influenced the impressionist artistry of Van Gogh in Europe, and the Galapagos culture is not dead at all.
I feel a little saved.