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Small size Woodblock print series

 

Traditional and high quality woodcut prints (Ukiyo-e) in small size!

Even though it is small, it is made in accordance with traditional techniques that continue from ukiyo-e, with sculptors and slasher's division of labor. The carving is carved up to an extremely delicate level equivalent to Ukiyoe.
As for the sliding, we perform multicolor rubbing similar to Ukiyo-e, we finish by 10-15 times overlapping rail.
It is a completely handcrafted traditional woodcut print that does not allow any compromise by craftsmen with advanced traditional techniques.
In addition, a special type of Washi, a handmade luxury Echizen Japanese paper was used, a "Raw Fiction Service" to maximize the beauty of woodcut prints.

 

Premium eco frame version (Pleco frame)

The stand has been added to the exterior frame, so you can stand it as it is. It is a premium eco-frame (abbreviation: pleco frame) that is made entirely of paper, including the stand section.
The picture inside is a Ukiyo-e original original hand-made product that utilizes Ukiyo-e traditional crafts and the back uses modern craft techniques.
This is a palm-sized frame that gives you a feel for the advanced paper crafts technology in Japan.

 

 


The woodblock print inside can be easily slide out of the frame.

The back stand can be closed without protrusion.
In addition, you can open it by pulling the gold band of the arrow.

There are various ideas to keep the stand closed.
① There is a gold limiter band to prevent over-opening.
② A box is inside the stand for storing the gold band.
③ The stand has a soft bond so that it does not float when it is closed.


Greeting Card version

The exterior of the greeting card version is a handmade item of Ukiyo-wooden original.
It has a two-page spread structure, so it is possible to take out woodcut print.
2 washi message cards are included. (Plain and alphabetical message included)
Also an envelope is included, but even with all this additional options, the total weight is just 23g.
The outer dimensions of the envelope is 12 cm × 17.5 cm, and when sending it domestic, it fits the standard letter size.

 

Frame version

The frame is a wooden square type. Mat adopts a looking color according to each work.
In addition, the mat is cut to size according to the work, and oblique cutting that makes it look nice is given.
Although an acrylic plate for full-surface protection is also included, in order to enjoy the texture of wood prints, we will ship it without placing it on the forefront at the time of shipment at the time of shipment.

Mt. Fuji 2020


1964 Tokyo Olympics movie

This year (2020), we have created a new woodcut to commemorate the 56th Olympic Games in Tokyo. It is not a direct artistic representation of the athlete's performance or imitating the Olympic logo, but an indirect artistic work that reminds of the Olympic Games from Japanese landscape paintings. Fuji was used as a typical Japanese landscape painting.

That one scene (about 9: 33 min at the movie)

One of the scenes from the 1964 Tokyo Olympics movie has a design that looks great. (Left figure) The torch runner running on the foot of Mt. Fuji, this scene was trimmed into an outline of the work. The details of the woodblock prints were drawn from Kawase Hasui's description of "Funatsu no Aki".

(Outline)

Trimming picture

Kawase Hasui "Funatsu Autumn"

(Woodcut detail)

 

 

Based on these two pictures,
I made a composite image.
The part (red dashed line)
are customized and created
with reference to the originals.
This composite image is
the basic design.

However, there was a major problem with this basic design.
The problem was that the smoke at the foot of Fuji was not seen by the torch runner, but like a steam locomotive (SL).
So we tried to change the design to avoid the problem and improve it to the original picture.

 

Guardrail version

 

I added a guardrail to make it look like a torch runner is running.
However, this still failed to look like SL.
①:Guardrail
②:Small forest
 

Audience silhouette version

 

Instead of guardrails, we arranged some audience silhouettes.
I also added a flag waving silhouette. In addition, the small forests in the background have been removed to balance.
With this improvement, the problem that appears to be SL is almost solved.
③:Audience silhouette
④:Add national flag
⑤②:Small forest has been removed
 

Original picture

 

As a woodblock print, we clarified the design of each color plate and completed the original.
In particular on the mountain surface of Mt. Fuji, more colors than the number of boards can be expressed by the composite color of the boards.
(For details, see "How to make woodblock prints.") For titles, woodcuts are used for vertical writing, and stamps are used for horizontal writing in the small version.
⑥:Horizontal writing title (Compatible Stamp)
⑦:Vertical title (woodcut)

 

Mt.Fuji(Premium Eco Frame version)

2,500円(tax included)

Mt.Fuji(Greeting Card version)

2,500円(tax included)

Mt.Fuji(Frame version)

7,000円(tax included)

 

Oasis 21 & TV tower

 


Contour lines and backgrounds are based on photo 1.
The color of the disc, etc. is based on photo 2
I made a design drawing based on the design.
With using traditional techniques, we then
made the woodcut.

 

The TV tower was the first integrated radio tower in Japan in Nagoya Sakae in 1953, and has long been a symbol of Nagoya. In 2002, near the southwest of the TV tower, Oasis 21 opened as a complex with public facilities such as bus terminals and parks and commercial facilities, and the scenery and lighting created by these facilities will become a new landmark in Nagoya and globally. It is also attracting attention. Although small in size, the oasis 21 and the steel frame of the TV tower are faithfully reproduced in traditional woodcuts from the details.

 

 

(Premium Eco Frame version)

2,500円(tax included)

(Greeting Card version)

2,500円(tax included)

(Frame version)

7,000円(tax included)

 

The Nagoya Castle

Nagoya castle was destroyed at the time of World War II and rebuilt in 1959 after the war. In 1937 before the war, the painter: Tsuchiya Mitsu (1870-1949) was drawing a woodcut print of Nagoya Castle.
Based on his drawing, some corrections were added, and the original design of Ukiyo woodcut was done again.
This work is the reprinted Nagoya castle as a woodcut print before it burned.

 

 

(Premium Eco Frame version)

2,500円(tax included)

(Greeting Card version)

2,500円(tax included)

(Frame version)

7,000円(tax included)

 

The Atsuta Shrine

 

 

The Atsuta Shrine is famous shrine dedicated to the Kusanagi sword (sword of the rustling) which is one of three kinds of sacred treasure.
In the beginning of year, I designed the "Ryugaku Shinto" which is done by calming the spirit of the earth and wishing for mischief and invitation.
It is an original work of Ukiyo woodcut, which trimmed the pictures of ryugaku priests and designed them into woodcut prints.
It is an innovative work that pioneered a new process of making traditional woodcut prints based on photographs.

 

 

(Premium Eco Frame version)

2,500円(tax included)

(Greeting Card version)

2,500円(tax included)

(Frame version)

7,000円(tax included)

 

 

Juman-Tsubo Plain at Susaki, Fukagawa

 

 

The original picture is the famous "Juman-Tsubo Plain at Susaki, Fukagawa" of Utagawa Hiroshige.
We trimmed part of it in equal magnification, and redesigned it with some correction. By making trimming and correction, I made it a more modern image.
This design also includes a new concept of cutting out a part of Ukiyoe prints and offering it at a reasonable price.

 

 

(Premium Eco Frame version)

2,500円(tax included)

(Greeting Card version)

2,500円(tax included)

(Frame version)

7,000円(tax included)