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Two Japanese master printmakers go head to head in "Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada"

BOSTON, MASS.- Rival artists Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797–1861) and Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1864) were the two best-selling designers of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. Featuring 100 works drawn from the preeminent Japanese collection housed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Showdown! Kuniyoshi vs. Kunisada revives the centuries-old competition and invites visitors to decide which of the two artists is their personal favorite. Kunisada was more popular during his lifetime, famous...

Japan's discount eyewear chains envision wider future in Asia

TOKYO -- Japanese discount eyewear makers are expanding into the larger Asian market, as Owndays rolls out new stores in Thailand while Zoff looks to open its first location in Hong Kong with Convenience Retail Asia, an affiliate of Li & Fung.Eyeglasses remain a luxury for many Asian consumers -- a fact that the Japanese purveyors see as an opportunity to flex their cost-cutting supply chains.Tokyo-based Owndays opened the third location of its discount Owndays Lab chain in Thailand last...

Eyewear chains adopt Uniqlo model for expansion in Asia

TOKYO: While eyewear remains a luxury purchase for many Asian consumers, Japanese discount retailers, including Owndays and Zoff, see an opportunity to enter the market with a streamlined model similar to that of Uniqlo.Tokyo-based Owndays opened its third Lab store in a mall north of Bangkok in August. Its model aims to take the sleek model of other Japanese companies in order to sell pairs of glasses for as little as 1,000 baht (USD$30), around half the price of its other more expensive...