In Edo-period Japan (1615–1868), the most celebrated destination for hedonists was the Yoshiwara—a walled and moated pleasure district where patrons could abandon the rigors of daily life in pursuit of sensual delights. With more than 60 works of art, "Seduction: Japan’s Floating World" examines the decadent lifestyle associated with Edo’s (present-day Tokyo) entertainment districts and the enticing, though complicated, world of the Yoshiwara.
Discover rarely seen ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” from the Grabhorn Collection—a superb assemblage of Japanese woodblock prints. These prints will be on view at the Asian Art Museum until May 10, 2015. For more information: http://bit.ly/1b6vLBo
The hajj, one of the “five pillars” of Islam, is the pilgrimage to the city of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, that all Muslims should make at least once in their lifetime if their health and financial means allow it, according to Islamic tradition. Inspired by the British Museum’s film Hajj Stories (http://tinyurl.com/britishhajj), staff at the Asian Art Museum asked Bay Area Muslims who have performed the hajj to share experiences of their journeys.