Hand printed on a Washi paper
"Garden of Katsura Rikyu" is a woodblock print designed by Minagawa Taizo. Minagawa Taizo is originally a textile artist. This woodblock print remains the beauty of textile taste and brings another artistic quality by taking woodblock printing techniques.
It was exhibited as a traditional craft and purchased by His Majesty the Emperor at the tree-planting festival in 1991.
With a modern impression, it fits into any Japanese or Western space.
This was designed for UNSODO publisher,
This is originally published by UNSODO (Kyoto).
Minagawa Taizo was born in Kyoto.
He is a dyeing and weaving artist who is a councilor of Nitten and has received numerous awards such as the Minister of Education Award.
After traveling both domestically and internationally, he tried to depict objects what he saw and felt as possible as he could and abstract
the actual landscape. He has always worked powerfully and creatively in attractive arts.
・Material/ Japanese washi paper
・Size/ width 47 × height 36 cm
・Weight/ 150 g
Unsodo was founded in Teramachi Nijo, Kyoto in 1891 as a publisher specializing in art. It is the only publisher in Japan that publishes books printed by woodblock printing.
When the company was founded, machine printing technology was still in its infancy. Woodblock printing was the mainstream for color printing, and craftsmen's handwork was the most reliable printing method.
Unsodo excelled at design art printing and published collections of works by many painters and designers. Especially in Kyoto, where Kimono retail business was flourishing, the collection of fabric dyeing patterns was very popular among the Kimono makers.
Since the Taisho era (1912-1926) to this day, they have published woodblock prints by some of the most well-known Shin-Hanga artists, such as Higuchi Tomimaro, Ikeda Zuigetsu, Asano Takeji, Okada Gyoichi, Kato Kohshu, and Tsuchiya Rakuzan.
[Origin of the company name]
The name "Unsodo" was given by the artist Tomioka Tessai. "Unso" is a perennial herb in the mandarin family, and cultivated in southern Europe under the name of "Wijnruit" for medicinal and ornamental purposes. It has long been used as a fragrant herb to protect books from pests.
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