Shin Hanga prints

  Design: Okada Yoshio (1934)  
  Title: Hotaru  
  Series title: Genji emaki (Picture scroll of Genji)  
  Size: 31.9 x 28.9 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Okada Yoshio Hotaru


Published by Yūyūdō in the 1980s.

Red seal reading Yoshi in lower 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:
mae before  
ta rice field  
ken sign of the tiger  
ta fat  
counter for sons Maeda Kentarō
su(ru) rub  
satsu print Printer:
ue upper  
sugi Japanese cedar  
kei Japanese Judas-tree  
ichi one  
husband Uesugi Keiichirō

Yūyūdō publisher seal in lower left margin of the print.

The kanji 蛍 (i.e., Hotaru, firefly) is written in pencil on the verso of the print.

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

Okada Yoshio Hotaru Water Colour Painting

which can be found on pages 104-105 of this book.


Provenance: Japanese Gallery

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