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Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Ouka Kasamochi Bijin Yuki Nagato
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This is the second installment in the 2020-2021 ukiyo-e series, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the theatrical release and the 15th anniversary of the TV anime series.
The Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Ouka Kasamochi Bijin Yuki Nagato is the second item in the series following the A Tour of Summer, 15498 Views - Haruhi Suzumiya woodblock print.

This woodblock print features a special illustration drawn during the release of The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie, in which Nagato is wearing a glamorous kimono with a Japanese umbrella in hand. A row of cherry blossom and plum trees are in the background, depicting Nagato in a spring day in full bloom. The Ouka Kasamochi Bijin ukiyo-e also has a classic name, adding a Japanese feel to the masterpiece.

[Product Details]
Picture Size: Height: approx. 220mm × Width: approx. 340mm
Frame Size: Height: approx. 525mm × Width: approx. 410mm × Depth: approx. 20mm
Material (picture): Japanese Paper "Washi"
Material (Frame): Wood, Backboard, Plywood
Mat: Paper
Paper: Echizen Kizuki Hosho (the finest traditional Japanese paper, made by living national treasure Ichibei Iwano)
Carver: Shoichi Kitamura
Printer: Masahito Nakayama
Manufacturer: hanzou
Made in Japan

[Precautions Regarding the Release]
*This product is available in limited quantities and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Available only while supplies last.
*Please note that this item is available in limited quantities due to each of the prints being handcrafted by craftsmen, so they will be released in multiple release periods.
*Please note that the time of delivery may vary depending on the time of your order. The shipping period may change due to the production status.

About Ukiyo-e
Ukiyo-e, or woodblock printing, emerged at the start of the Edo period and depicts the daily lives of commoners.
It gave birth to improvements in woodblock printing and advancements that allowed the printing of multiple colors.
Reading material for the masses were in high demand in Edo, the then-capital of Japan, and ukiyo-e masters became the illustrators of those highly sought after stories.
The "ukiyo" in "ukiyo-e" means "to reflect reality" and "in a contemporary style," so ukiyo-e often depict the customs of the time along with culturally significant backdrops.
This caused ukiyo-e to earn the affection of the common people as something catered towards them.
At first, the color in ukiyo-e was applied using inksticks.
However, as techniques developed, this practice was phased out and brushes were used instead.
Additionally, artists started using more colors in their works.
In order to be able to mass produce each piece, printers changed their old method of applying colors with brushes as well.
Instead, printers came up with a whole new method of production.
They carved out designs in wood, applied color to the wood itself, then printed those wooden designs on top of each other, layering as they went.
At first only a few colors were used, but as wood printing technologies improved, techniques like this were perfected, allowing the craft to further evolve and a more diverse range colors to be used.
Even outside of Japan, ukiyo-e traveled across the seas to Europe where such prints greatly influenced the cultural atmosphere in the late-19th century.
The characters in the Japanese ukiyo-e prints were very expressive, the variety of colors abundant, and creativity in the designs and patterns were quite unlike European art at that time, triggering, among others, the Japonisme art movement.
Although ukiyo-e woodblock prints are sometimes referred to“Edo woodblock prints,”this doesn't mean that woodblock printing craftsmanship originated in Edo.
As a matter of fact, nearly all of the artists at the time were based in Kyoto, where they created countless pieces during the period.
Even after Ieyasu Tokugawa moved his shogunate to Edo and the population of Tokyo exploded as a result, Kyoto continued to draw many master artists as the epicenter of the craft.

Carver: Shoichi Kitamura
- Born in 1968 in Kyoto
- Graduated from Kyoto Seika University (Faculty of Art, Department of Molding with a focus in woodblock printing)
- Apprenticed at print publisher Matsukyu
- Studied woodblock prints under the tutelage of Master Tomikichiro Tokuriki
- Studied woodblock printing under the tutelage of Master Sho Kurosaki
- Served an apprenticeship at print publisher kaneido
- Studied carving under the tutelage of Master Osamu Motta
- Established the Kitamura Woodblock Studio, where leading workshops about this craft were held
- Collaborated with writer Brook Andrew (Melbourne, Australia)
- Participated in the MI-LAB Artist-in-Residence Program as a lecturer on carving
- Held a workshop at Whitman College (Walla Walla, Washington, US)
*Mr. Kitamura has also participated in many other demonstrations and workshops in exhibitions and events both in Japan and overseas.
- Member of the Kyoto Wood Printing Association
- Current vice president of the Kyoto branch of the Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Carving and Printing Conservation Society

Printer: Makoto Nakayama
- Born in 1958 in Kyushu, Kumamoto Prefecture.
- Graduated from Kyoto Seika University (Faculty of Art, Department of Molding with a focus in Western painting)
- Apprenticed at Sato Woodblock Print Workshop under the tutelage of Master Keizo Sato (Studied printing)
- Held a demonstration for ukiyo-e printing at Kyoto Seika University
- Exhibited in the First Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Works Exhibition in 1994 (Tokyo and Kyoto)
- Exhibited in the Second Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Works Exhibition (Tokyo and Kyoto)
- Participated as an assistant to Master Keizo Sato's demonstration at the International Printmaking Conference, IMPACT 2 (Finland, Helsinki)
- Exhibited in the Third Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Works Exhibition in 2008 (Tokyo and Kyoto)
- Participated in the First International Mokuhanga Conference, co-presenting with Master Shoichi Kitamura (carver)
- Received Kyoto Prefecture's Commendation of Outstanding Skill in the Traditional Arts
*Mr. Nakayama has also participated in many other demonstrations and workshops in exhibitions and events both in Japan and overseas.
-Current president of the Kyoto branch (previously the vice president) of the Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Carving and Printing Conservation Society
-Director of the Kyoto Wood Printing Association

[Precautions regarding the product]
*Sample pictures are for reference purposes only and may differ from the final product.
*As it is characteristic of entirely handmade products, each item may be slightly different from each other.
*Different color alignment, uneven coloring, or a little wrinkled paper can be seen on products but it is one of the major features of woodblock printing.
Please enjoy the unique characteristics of these items made using traditional Japanese craftsmanship.
*Please make sure to store in a cool and well ventilated place and to also avoid direct sunlight.

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Order Period

[Pre-order] Orders can be placed between the 18th June 2021 (Fri) from 00:00JST until 29th July 2021 (Thu) at 23:59JST.

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Specifications

Name Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print Ouka Kasamochi Bijin Yuki Nagato
Release Date Sep 2021
Announce Date Jun 18, 2021
Manufacture KADOKAWA
Series The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
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