Cool + Kawaii, DC to Japan

Ukiyo-e Adventure at Ronin Gallery, NYC

Ukiyo-e (pronunced ooki-yo-aye), “pictures of the floating world” is a genre of woodblock prints and paintings that flourished in Japan from the 17th through 19th centuries.

~read more here.

Hi kawaii + creative family!

Swinging thru¥u with some ukiyo-e inspiration from Ronin’s 40 for 40 exhibit.

A couple weeks ago, my sister Nikkia Redd and I decided to hop on a bus to New York for Ronin Gallery’s 40 for 40, featuring 40 ukiyo-e masters.

But before I go too far, check out this recent article by my friend, DJ, language exchange buddy, and big brother Passo, here. If you don’t read Japanese, please don’t worry! I am currently translating it to share here in later days. ❤

And on to better things …

Please enjoy our day trip with us ~

A quick lunch of spicy miso ramen at Tabata was a delicious way to start the day.

Let’s GO!

40 for 40 Photo Spam

we’ve arrived ^.^
recognise this famous print?!
kabuki actors
oiran portraits
I love the bold colors here ~
more oiran ~
… and ALL the patterns here ~
sorry for the ashy photo >.<

beautiful kimono prints

shunga is my fav ❤

This trip has inspired me even more to market myself for my Japanese (inspired) style.

Kinokunya + Home

Before heading back to the bus, we stopped at Kinokunya for some book therapy (as if we didn’t collect enough already haha)

I found these cuties!

I’ll leave you with my one ukiyo-e inspired back piece that I am currently doing on a long time client/ friend, Greg.

We have a long way to go!

I hope you enjoyed our trip as much as we did!

As always, thanks for reading!

Follow my snapchat + Instagram (@ipukekawaii) to enjoy Japan with me!^.^

Gambare, minna


Imani (イマーニ)

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