Kozasa, a wife of Washizaka Kandayu (Zenji Bando) and Fujinami, a wife of Washizaka(Free Shipping)


Kozasa, a wife of Washizaka Kandayu (Zenji Bando) and Fujinami, a wife of Washizaka(Free Shipping)  (60513394)

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Kozasa, a wife of Washizaka Kandayu (Zenji Bando) and Fujinami, a wife of Washizaka

This portrait illustrates the characters of the wives of both the good and bad men in “Koinyobo Somewake Tazuna”, performed at the Kawarazaki-za Theater in May 1794 (Kansei 6). During Sharaku’s first period as an artist, he created five two-person standing portraits. Unique to this portrait is that the two figures are not facing each other, but instead looking in the same direction. Because of this, it was unusual for Sharaku’s portraits for the structure to be flat and have many lines. However, we can see Sharaku’s artistic power from his depiction of Zenji Bando’s complicated strong personality, which is a significant illustration of an onnagata (a male actor of female roles in kabuki). On the other hand, Kiyotaro’s moderate and mild facial expression creates the atmosphere of a good man’s wife. The bright color of the kimono also reminds us of youth. It is interesting that we can distinguish from the hand expressions who is on the good side an who is on the bad

Zenji Bando played many villains at the time. Although he was not famous, Sharaku illustrated him multiple times. This is simply because Sharaku loved his appearance. Kiyotaro Iwai was a student of Hanshiro and became Kiyotaro in 1787 (Tenmei 7). At that time of this portrait in 1794 (Kansei 6), he was not a leading actor, rather he was only in the third highest rank. Sharaku did not just illustrate leading actors: that is simply who Sharaku was.

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Products similar to that at the time of the Edo period

We deliver the hand made ukiyoe woodblock prints the use the same process as the people in Edo period enjoyed.

It is worthy to see the original ukiyoe produced in Edo period in the museum; however, the works people who lived in the period enjoyed were definitely the prints with many vivid colors pressed.

The reprint edition has distinctive woodblock print texture that matured skilled craft workers in the modern time produced and excellent and rich colors.

The quality has been proven since we started marketing the products with no unsatisfactory returns and claims, and having many returning customers.

Handmade by Same technique and materials in Edo priod

Using persistent materials that are identical to those of Edo period
A genuine woodblock print, that masters who inherited the techniques from Edo period to now, will be made by one

“Carving” is cutting the woodblock with dexterous technique. This process starts with the procedure deciding how many blocks will be necessary to use after the masters observe the painter’s draft“Omohan” is a black and white outline drawing on the woodblock.

“Irohan”, that is a sample woodprint of each color, expresses rich variety and features of colors. More than eight woodblocks are used for one finished product.

The print blocks are made of firm old mountain cherry. They are carved with various tools, such as small carving knives and chisels dexterously.

“Rubbing” is a coloring process adding lives to the woodblocks that woodcarvers finished their miracle works. The reprinted set uses natural pigment the same as Edo period and Echizen Special Japanese paper that Japanese human treasure produced.

First, masters rub the major black line and then repeat painting several colors onto the blocks by one with swerveless control. “Airbrushing” is a technique using dexterous pressure change for rubbing adjusting the amount of pigments and water.

“Mock rubbing” is a technique pressing strongly to create the texture without using any pigments. The vivid woodprint will be completed using various techniques.

The unique texture that the modern printing technique does not have is a distinctive fullness of traditional woodblock printing. The paper that reflects woodcarvers and paper rubbing masters’ technique, we are using Echizen Special Japanese paper , Master Iwano Ichibei, a Japanese human treasure , makes by one. The Japanese paper made of kozo does not have any mixture, and it has flexibility that enables to strive to the harsh procedures to pressing and printing many times. The paper infuses the pigments’ color, has unique softness and warm texture. Please enjoy the precious works produced by only matured craft workers who received traditional techniques of Edo period.

Exclusively rare item

Exclusively rare to see complete handcrafted set series (sale quantity is limited)

Hand made ukiyoe woodblock prints have excellent texture that the modern printings do not have. The secret is the products are made by hand by one using the traditional techniques passed down from Edo period. Recently the skilled craft workers are decreasing for ageing. Also, it cannot be mass-produced for the blocks’ worn out.

Guide to product size

Our medium size for Ukiyo-e woodblock print reproduction is printed on the following dimensions: about 12.8 -13.4 inches X 8.7-9.4 inches on Echizen hand crafted paper (Japanese hand-crafted paper) excluding some products.
The size of the special frame is 17.3 inches width X 14.6 inches height.
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Introducing the video about how the item is produced

Expertise in woodblock printed “Ukiyo-e Japan” presents to the world how the product is carved and rubbed by masters are here on video.
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Guide to special frame

We prepare and offer our customers special framing of your purchases. The product in the wooden frame with a similar process like Japanese lacquer finish is a good complement to the Ukiyo-e color tone. The contrast gives a nice color combination for both Japanese and western style rooms.

The acrylic finish protects the work from UV.

The acrylic finish is durable and hard to break. The UV cut protection is also done to protect the product from the UV rays.
Therefore, it is very suitable for overseas shipping which requires several days to deliver. Please choose according to your purpose.

You will be able to display the product immediately after the delivery.

Framed Ukiyo-e can be displayed anywhere you like.
The Ukiyo-e gift recipient will also be able to enjoy displaying the framed product right after unfolding the gift package.