About Mie Gallery

Why are we named Mie Gallery?

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The most striking pose in Kabuki theatre is the “nirami” or crosseyed glare. This glare marks a highpoint of the performance. It's like the climax in a movie, all attention is on the lead actor - the camera zooms in and fixes on their dramatic expression. It is no wonder that many artists depicted this crosseyed glare in their Yakusha-e or actor prints. Like that momentary glare, frozen in time, we have curated woodblock prints that we find artistically compelling.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The mie (見え or 見得, Japanese pronunciation: [mi.e]), a powerful and emotional pose struck by an actor, who then freezes for a moment, is a distinctive element of aragoto Kabuki performance. [...]

What Do We Believe?

We believe it is more important to own an original woodblock print, from the first printing or at least while the artist was still alive, than a pristine reprint by a later publisher. An original Japanese woodblock print, surviving over 100 years, through world wars, fires, earthquakes, the elements, and multiple generations of owners - has more of a story to tell than a modern reprint. 

How We Price Our Japanese Woodblock Prints

Mie Gallery has hundreds of original Japanese woodblock prints that are for sale. We have attempted to provide background information and links to online references wherever possible. Our prints come from a variety of sources, such as auctions and private sellers. We often price our prints below what you'll find on other websites - go ahead and compare.

We accept online payments via PayPal and Credit Card. We also accept crypto currencies - please contact us for more information on how to purchase with Ethereum or Bitcoin.

You can buy our original designed shirts and stickers at our T-Shirt Shop.

Consulting Services and Presentations

We are strong believers in education, and introducing others to the fascinating world of ukiyo-e. To this end, we are available for consultation on Japanese woodblock prints from the 1800's to 1900's.  If you have a business or educational organization in the Los Angeles area, we are available for in-person presentations, teaching events, and consignment of artwork. Please contact us for more information.

We welcome helpful comments and additional information from Ukiyo-e collectors. Please contact us if you have a question or comment.

Happy Collecting!

Richard Parr
Gallery Curator and Collector