Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Hokusai Gaen: Hokusai’s Garden of pictures  
  Size: 23.8 x 16.0 cm  
  Posthumous printing from the original woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Gaen


Originally published as the Hokusai manga sōhitsu no bu (北斎漫画 草筆之部, translating into “Hokusai manga. Section of quick sketches”), the colour-printed version of the Manjiō sōhitsu gafu published in 1843. This reimpression of Volume 1 of the Hokusai Gaen was issued in 2008 by publisher Unsōdō in Kyoto as part of the five volume set “A collection of Hokusai drawing manuals” (北斎絵手本集成, which is pronounced as Hokusai etehon shūsei).

Dark-blue book cover with title printed in light-brown on a white slip:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
den transmit  
shin god  
kai opening Transmitting the essence
shu hand and enlightening the hand
hoku north  
sai room  
ga picture Hokusai’s
en garden Garden of pictures

The contents of Volume 1 of the Hokusai Gaen can be seen on the website of the London British Museum here.


Provenance: Unsōdō

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