Edo-period woodblock printTokyo Prefecture

The techniques of woodblock printmaking were established during the Edo period (1600–1868) in the city of Edo (now Tokyo) , which remains the traditional center of production even today . The techniques developed in tandem with the genre of art known as ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” depicting the lives of the common people, inscribing and printing their joys, hopes, and dreams. The artist would draw the original design with a brush and ink on Japanese paper; the carver would paste the original drawing to the woodblock and use it as a template for carving (multicolored woodblock prints would use a separate block for each color); and the printer would ink the blocks and pull the prints, using a circular tool called a baren to rub the back of the paper so it would take the impression from the inked blocks.


Takahashi Kobo : Yukiko Takahashi

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