Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Okada Yoshio (1934-2021)  
  Title: Wakana  
  Series title: Genji emaki (Picture scroll of Genji)  
  Size: 31.6 x 28.4 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Okada Yoshio Wakana


Published by Yūyūdō in 1978 or 1979.

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

Names of the carver, printer, and paper maker in bottom margin of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ho(ru) carve  
ki(ku) work Carver:
mae before  
ta rice field  
ken sign of the tiger  
ta fat  
counter for sons Maeda Kentarō
su(ru) rub  
satsu print Printer:
en distant  
tada loyalty  
o leader Endō Tadao
shō extract  
shi paper Paper maker:
sa assistant  
ki wood  
hajime one Sasaki Hajime

Yūyūdō publisher seal in lower left margin of the print.

The protective folder has the label:

Okada Yoshio Wakana label

in which the kanji 若菜 read Wakana (i.e., Young greens).

The direct inspiration for the Wakana woodblock print was the following Okada Yoshio illustration issued in the Shūkan Asahi magazine (click to enlarge):

Okada Yoshio Shukan Asahi Wakana

The latter illustration was again based on this water colour painting of Okada Yoshio (click to enlarge):

Okada Yoshio Wakana Water Colour Painting

which can be found on pages 138-139 of this book.

In this print we see Murasaki, Genji’s wife, who is troubled and saddened knowing that Genji is - at this very moment - spending yet another wedding night with a young girl called Onna San no Miya. Murasaki of course also happens to be the name of the writer of the Tale of Genji ...


Provenance: Mokuhankan

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