06 August 2006
Sleeping With Saito
"Winter in Aizu" by Kiyoshi Saito
The Saito print above was on the wall of the bedroom I slept in this weekend at my friend Julie's mother's Manhatten apartment. Julie's stepfather spent quite a few years in Japan after the war and he brought back many books and woodblock prints. Most of the prints were ukioe and shin hanga prints, which I'm not very well educated in. There were 10 snow scenes lining the dining room walls, 6 or 7 prints in the living room, and several sosaku prints in the bedrooms. Whenever we weren't at museums or restaurants I was staring at these prints.
As if that weren't exciting enough, Julie's mother got out a huge stack of books for me on Saturday afternoon.
Among the books were two woodblock demo books, one from the famous Watanabe shin hanga publisher:
Another book showed the stages of a larger more complex print (Click to see large view):
Looking through the books felt like a treasure hunt. Many thanks to Julie and Arlyne for hosting us!