Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Okada Yoshio (1934)  
  Title: Wakana  
  Series title: Picture scroll of Genji  
  Size: 33.9 x 28.5 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Okada Yoshio Wakana


Special effects: subtle gold mica in the patterns of the kimono; karazuri (i.e., embossing) in the hexagons on the shoulder parts of the kimono.

As mentioned by Eric van den Ing on his Saru Gallery website, Genji emaki (i.e., Picture scroll of Genji) is a set of four prints illustrating four chapters of the Genji monogatari - The Tale of Genji, written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early 11th century. The four chapters illustrated in this series are: Akashi, Matsukaze, Hotaru and Wakana, which coincide with chapters 13, 18, 25, and 34 of the Genji monogatari, respectively. The four prints in this series can be seen together here.

Published by Yūyūdō in 1978.

Red seal reading Yoshi in upper left area and bottom right margin of the print.

Names of the carver and the printer in bottom margin of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ho(ru) carve  
ki(ku) work Carver:
matsu pine  
ta rice field  
tora sign of the tiger  
storehouse Matsuda Torazō
su(ru) rub  
satsu print Printer:
ue upper  
sugi Japanese cedar  
kei Japanese Judas-tree  
ichi one  
husband Uesugi Keiichirō

This is the label on the accompanying folder of the print:

Okada Yoshio label

It contains the name of the designer, the series title, and the name of the publisher:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
oka hill  
ta rice field  
yoshi auspicious  
ame heaven Picture by
ga picture Okada Yoshio
moku woodblock  
han printing Woodblock printing
gen origin  
shi family  
e picture  
maki scroll Genji picture scroll
gen limit  
tei determine  
ban number  
ban number Limited number 410
han printing  
moto foundation Publisher:
shū come out  
han printing Yūyūdō publication


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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