Hand printed on a Washi paper
"The famous Gate of Zoujyo Temple" is a woodblock print designed by Kasamatsu Shiro.The falling snow and the red gate reminds the heavy cold of winter. It is also pretty to see a dog beside a woman in a kimono. Shiro Kasamatsu worked in Shin Hanga and Sosaku Hanga style. His many works ware published by UNSODO publisher from 1945 and now on. Shiro left many works of Tokyo views. This was printed by UNSODO publisher, reproduction.
※Reproducing all or any part of the contents is prohibited.
Shin Hanga ( One of style of woodblock print ) , reprinting
※Shin Hanga ( New printing )
※Original design by UNSODO
“Shin hanga” is a new style of Japanese printings. Printed or designed in Meiji period to Showa period. (1897 to 1960). (明治30年～昭和35年)
Like the traditional ukiyo-e prints, it is produced by the division of labor by painters, carvers, and printers directed by a publisher with the aim of modernizing and reconstructing ukiyo-e. This is originally published by UNSODO (Kyoto).
Kasamatsu Shiro was born in Asakusa, Tokyo. When he was 14 years old he started to study Japanese painting under Kaburagi Kiyokata followed by Ito Shinsui and Kawase Hasui. He started making woodblock print from UNSODO in 1945, published nearly a hundred designs.
His works of depicting Japanese views have been re-evaluated in recent years.
・Material/ Japanese washi paper
・Size/ Picture：W24.2×H36.5×15cm , Margin included：W27.5×H40cm
・Regarding size / There is a slight error in size.
・Weight/ 150 g
・Made in Japan
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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