Table of Contents

This Contents page organizes the posts made to the 'Conversations' into their respective 'categories'. Within each category, newest posts are at the top, then descending in reverse chronological order. (The number - [1] - at the end of each item title is the number of comments left to date on that item ...)

 
Asakusa shop progress ... [1]

With the first half of the year now past (the calendar year is also our financial year), I am getting a measure on how we are doing. I haven't finished the entry of all the expenses yet, but I am ready with some information on the income side of the equation.

Print Party video! [0]

A travel guide company here in Tokyo recently came over and made a short little video showing one of our Print Parties

How are we doing? Part one ... [1]

It’s time for me to try and bring our fans/community up-to-date with some very important things happening here.

Glimpse of the future? [1]

An update on the 3rd floor renovations ...

Here we go again! [3]

Introduction to the 3rd floor ...

【 STORE STORY 】 [2]

A nice story on the blog published by Square, our credit card processor ...

Another very big day ... [4]

We're in a very important guidebook!

Asakusa shop data ... [1]

Sales data from the Asakusa shop ...

My new job ... [13]

Dave gets a moment of global fame ...

New print display panel ... [3]

A new display panel in the Asakusa shop ..

NHK program coming up [1]

We're featured on NHK in a program about Asakusa next week ...

Rogues Gallery! [3]

A new addition to the decoration in our Asakusa shop!

Harbinger? [2]

Update on publicity efforts ...

Reviews ... [1]

Our first online review ...

Plan of Attack ... [0]

I've kind of learned to stop 'counting chickens', but my resolve is being strongly tested by that communication from her ...

Mokuhankan Staff Letter - end of November 2014 [1]

"The first month of our (hopefully) long adventure in Asakusa is now behind us. I have to say right up front that I am quite happy with the way that things have gone during this early stage. We've encountered a couple of minor bumps, but overall I think we have done a good job in bringing this new place to life."

Another day, another party … [0]

The busiest day so far in our little shop ...

The money goes round ... [7]

An update on the delay in getting paid by Kickstarter ...

Grand Tour ... (Part II ...) [8]

Part 2 of the Grand Tour of the new shop!

Grand Tour ... (Part I ...) [5]

Some photos of the new shop ...

Sign up! [4]

Our large 'baren' sign is finally raised!

Homestretch! [5]

We're approaching opening day ...

Getting close! [5]

Another construction update ...

Construction update ... [2]

Construction slowly moves along ...

Signing in ... [3]

Preparing our large canvas sign ...

Construction continues ... [2]

Another construction update ...

Construction progress ... [7]

A report on the construction progress ...

Construction begins ... [5]

Photos of the first two days of renovation work ...

Life of the Party! [1]

Feedback on the Print Party concept ...

Kickstarter is open! [4]

The Autumn 2012 Kickstarter campaign is now up and running!

Kickstarter campaign announcement ... [3]

Announcing the timing of the Kickstarter campaign

Video preparation ... [2]

Working on the Kickstarter video ...

The Big Day [6]

We are now leaseholders!

Big day tomorrow ... [1]

Getting ready for a big day tomorrow!

Sweating the details! [1]

Testing layouts for the new shop ...

Bird's Eye ... [1]

A photo of our new neighbourhood ...

We're In! [12]

The first photos of the inside of our new shop in Asakusa!

The original meaning of 'browsing' ... [7]

Some sketches of our plans for the shop layout ...

Wanna buy a new car? [18]

Samples of the proposed price tags for the new shop ...

First steps ... [1]

Dave's 'tool set' for organizing the construction of the new shop ...

About that 2nd floor ... [1]

Still no formal news about our Asakusa workshop plans ...

When it Rains, it Pours (III) ... [7]

Some background information on our plans for the new building ...

When it Rains, it Pours (I) ... [0]

Things here are really cooking this past couple of weeks!

Another _Big_ Step! [4]

The young craftsman Sato-san, who did the work for the Senshafuda prints I published last year, has been spending quite a lot of his free time doing research on the content of the steel used to make the blades in our carving knives.

Knife update ... [9]

Excellent progress on the new knives/chisels ...

Knife set - next step [15]

I have made some sample storage boxes for the new tool set ... what do you think?

Knife set - handle prototyping [9]

Work on making some prototype tool handles gets under way ...

Knife set - stringing along ... [2]

Working out a solution to how to tie our chisel handles ...

Knife set - handle prototyping continues ... [6]

The next stages in getting these knives designed ...

Knife set - sourcing the cherrywood [2]

Solving our wood supply issues for the next hundred years!

Knife set - first test production run of handles (part 1) [2]

The first production run of tool handles ...

Knife set - first test production run of handles (part 2) [3]

Continuing the production run from yesterday's post ...

Knife set - first test production run of handles (part 3) [14]

The final segment of the photo set showing the handles being made ...

Knife set - hangi-toh handles ... [4]

The first 'plump' prototype of the hangi-toh handle.

Knife set - more testing of box designs [4]

Work on the paulownia boxes for the knife set gets under way ...

Knife set - more testing of box designs - part 2 [3]

Mark II of the storage boxes for the new tool set is ready for inspection ...

Knife set - more testing of box designs - part 3 [4]

Working out the layout for the inner booklet and label ...

Paulownia supplier ... [1]

Adventures in searching for a suitable source of paulownia wood ...

Knife set - first sample set is 'ready' ... [13]

It's time to bring a bit of an update on the progress of the tool project ...

Knife set - laser engraving [2]

I mentioned in passing that I had been in contact with a Canadian living down in Nagasaki, and who owned a laser engraving setup ...

Tool Maintenance [6]

But I ran into a small glitch in that work yesterday - my heavy-duty table saw developed a strange noise, and then a strange wobble in the blade.

Ayumi-san's new baren [1]

Ayumi-san's first baren!

Auctioneering [8]

An exciting internet auction!

Auctioneering results! [8]

The boxes of auction goods arrive ...

More tool adventures ... [8]

More tool adventures begin ...

New Yoshida prints in the catalogue! [2]

Two brand new editions of a traditional Yoshida design are now in our catalogue ...

New Prints! [0]

Three more issues in the catalogue ...

Echizen Washi by Iwano Ichibei [0]

Entire books can - and have - been written about this paper ...

Plum Blossoms in Moonlight [0]

This is a slightly 'clipped' reproduction of one of the pages from the book Favourite Flowers of Japan ...

Hokusai Turtles [1]

There isn't enough left of the 'original' to warrant describing it as a 'Hokusai' ...

Crow on Shrine Gate [0]

This is an exact reproduction of one of the prints known as 'Akashi-ban' surimono.

Roadmap ... [3]

Announcement of the upcoming designs in the Ukiyoe Heroes series ...

Trouble Afoot [4]

The Trouble Afoot design ...

Jakuchu Parakeet [1]

I like the 'graphic' aspects of this one very much, and I think I'm not alone.

Stormy Seas [48]

I've been looking at this one for years! All that I know about it can be fitted into one sentence: designed by Englishman A. Rigden Read in the early part of the 20th century; presumably self-cut and self-printed ...

Craftsmens' attitude ... [6]

I'm getting the impression these crafts people aren't in it because of a passion for art

Print Credits [13]

What are your plans for the carver/printer information going on the prints?

Great Wave video … part thirteen [7]

Nearly done with our Great Wave series!

Great Wave video - part twelve ... [5]

The next in the series ...

Great Wave video - part eleven ... [3]

The epic journey to make the Great Wave design continues ...

Work begins on 'The Great Wave' [2]

Work on the Great Wave print has begun ...

Blue Storm progress ... [1]

An update on the most recent Ukiyoe Heroes print

Portraits progress ... [1]

The key block for the Portraits #8 print is ready ...

Flight of Fantasy - video is ready! [4]

The next process video is finally ready ...

Flight of Fantasy progress ... [2]

Progress on the Flight of Fantasy print ...

Next Portraits print gets under way [1]

Portraits #4 gets under way ...

Flight of Fantasy - key block progress [0]

The next Heroes print is underway ...

The 'Wolf Goddess' video is ready! [2]

A new YouTube process video ...

Out of order ... [4]

The colour separations for 'The Lunatic' are done ...

Entry of the Demon King! [0]

The next Portraits print is under way ...

Trouble Afoot ... more about colour separations [0]

Colour block carving continues ...

Trouble Afoot ... colour separations [3]

The colour blocks for the Trouble Afoot design are now under way ...

Another Ukiyoe Heroes process video! [2]

Another process video is ready ...

Trouble Afoot ... three key blocks done [0]

Carving of 'Trouble Afoot' is coming along well ...

Trouble Afoot ... key block [2]

The first block for the Trouble Afoot print is ready.

It's over ... let's get started! [1]

Carving of the next Ukiyoe Heroes print gets under way ...

Five by Five! [0]

The 'I Choose You' prints are done!

Next Heroes print is well under way ... [0]

The key block for the 'I Choose You' print is ready

The next Ukiyoe Heroes video is ready! [0]

The next Ukiyoe Heroes video is ready ...

Key block done! [0]

Major stage in carving this print is done ...

Next 'Ukiyoe Heroes' print is under way [4]

The Yokai Dracul print has begun ...

Chibi work ... [1]

Work on the current Chibi Hero pair ...

The Soul Eater - process slideshow [4]

A slideshow of the 'Soul Eater' print

'The Soul Eater' video is ready! [2]

The next Ukiyoe Heroes video is ready ...

Infestation ships [0]

Final work on the Infestation print ...

The 'Infestation' video is ready ... [1]

The next YouTube video is ready!

Infestation - block set [0]

The blocks for the next Ukiyoe Heroes print are ready!

Samus gets her hair cut [7]

A new process video ...

Infestation key block is nearly done [3]

Infestation key block carving continues ...

Infestation - carving is under way [5]

Carving on Jed Henry's 'Infestation' print gets under way ...

Next two chibies ... [0]

The next two Chibies are ready ...

A well-deserved (but short!) rest [0]

A short rest for some of the Ukiyoe Heroes blocks ...

The Hero Rests - process video [4]

Video of making the Hero Rests print ...

Fox Moon at 500 [2]

Discussing how long the woodblocks will last ...

The Hero Rests - process slideshow [1]

A slideshow illustrating the build up of colours on this print

The Hero Rests [0]

Block set for 'The Hero Rests' is ready ...

Chibi Heroes process video is done! [3]

The video of making a pair of the Chibi Heroes prints is now ready.

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon first batch is here! [5]

Fox Moon production is ramping up ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - proof printing video [1]

The fourth episode in the set documenting the progress of the Fox Moon production.

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - video of colour block carving [3]

The next video of Fox Moon production is ready ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - colour carving nearly done [0]

Colour block carving on the Fox Moon design ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - colour carving begins [0]

Colour block carving on Fox Moon begins ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - cloud block done ... [0]

'Second' key block for Fox Moon is now finished

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - video of key block carving [2]

A new (HD) video is up on my YouTube channel ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon key block finished [3]

Fox Moon keyblock done!

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon key block progress [3]

Progress on the Fox Moon design ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon carving [0]

First day of carving on the Fox Moon design ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Work begins on Fox Moon [3]

Work on the Fox Moon print is under way

Chibi Heroes - next pair under way! [4]

Work on the next pair of Chibi Heroes gets under way!

Ukiyoe Heroes - Printing gets underway [0]

Real printing work on the Rickshaw Cart design gets under way ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Rickshaw cart colour buildup (and survey!) [0]

A new video of the colour buildup on the Rickshaw Cart print ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - slideshows [13]

A slideshow of the printing process is ready ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - more images and videos [2]

Closeups of the first proofs are now ready ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - first proofing [8]

A YouTube video of the first impressions of the Rickshaw Cart print

Catching a virus ... we hope! [11]

YouTube video is going (semi) viral!

Colour separations [2]

Colour separation plan for the plumber print ...

The Philosopher is under way! [5]

Miyashita-san get her first 'edition' under way ...

The Kunimasa print is ready! [0]

Fujii-san's first print is ready for our catalogue!

Yoshida sailing ship - proof batch done ... [2]

Next stage in Tsushima-san's proofing...

Fujii-san's Kunimasa actor [0]

Fujii-san's next training project ...

Yoshida sailing ship - more test printing [3]

More proofing on the Yoshida sailing ship

Yoshida sailing ship - test printing begins [4]

Tsushima-san begins work on the Yoshida print ...

Coming up next! [4]

Tsushima-san begins her next print ...

Tsushima-san's Hokusai print is done! [3]

It's been quite some time coming, but the edition of the Hokusai surimono reproduction that Tsushima-san has been working on for a few weeks is finally finished.

Summer is here! [9]

Believe it or not ... the summer senshafuda set has finally arrived ...

Senshafuda series ... non-update! [6]

We're having quite a lot of trouble getting the Senshafuda series moving forward ...

Senshafuda - Summer 2011 : Progress update ... [2]

We are encountering many problems in getting the summer senshafuda set done properly ...

Senshafuda - Summer 2011 : First proof copies ... [1]

The first batch of 'public' proofs of this set are now ready for inspection ...

Senshafuda - Summer 2011 : Now carving ... [0]

Carving work has finally begun on the next set of three Senshafuda - the summer set. Was your favourite among the sketches included?

Kakegami project - from 0 to '60' in four sessions ... [8]

Tsushima-san is making very good progress!

The printing bench - details [3]

Some details of the new printing bench for Tsushima-san

The newest venture - kakegami ... [10]

Explaining the genesis and concept behind the new 'Kakegami' project ...

Senshafuda Project - Shipped! [0]

And you thought it would never happen!

I just got back from the post office, having dropped off the first bag full of outgoing Senshafuda print packages. Looking back at earlier entries in this Conversations blog, I see that it was on February 11th that I first proposed the idea. It took nearly four months from conception to shipping ...

Senshafuda Project - Nearing the 'goal line' [0]

I think I keep making posts about 'almost there', but this time, it's true! Tetsui-san called this morning, and he is just now running the final impression on the first batch of our Spring Senshafuda set. Spring spring ... yes, I know, but remember that one or two things kind of got in the way ...

So I'll have them in hand this weekend, it seems. Meanwhile, we haven't been sitting still waiting for him ...

Senshafuda Project - We have liftoff! (and ready for orders) [4]

Ladieeeeeeeees and Gentlemen! After ten weeks of planning and preparation (has it really been that long?), we have now successfully launched our little print series. Proofing with Tetsui-san yesterday was very successful, and we came up with what I think is a very nice set of prints.

You can see them on their order page ...

Senshafuda Project - final package design [1]

Now that we're on the cusp of getting some actual prints made, I can no longer put off the job of getting the package design nailed down. I spent the morning with my desk covered with various permutations of the 'roll-up' design, made the decisions on layout and dimensions ...

Senshafuda Project - first proofing! [2]

The proofing got underway at Tetsui-san's place yesterday, Sato-san bringing the 'finished' block set with him. As I wrote the other day, I held back a bit, showing up in time for lunch. They certainly weren't finished when I got there ...

Senshafuda Project - just a couple of days now! [3]

Some important progress to report today - Sato-san has completed the block set, and we're ready to begin proofing.

There are a number of interesting 'twists' involved here ...

Senshafuda Project - more paper sizing [0]

As mentioned in the previous post, it's going to be my job to size the paper for this first set of senshafuda, and today was the day!

This photo is a bit of déja vu ...

Senshafuda Project - Spring 2011 keyblock done [2]

We made major progress yesterday on the senshafuda project: Sato-san has finished the keyblock, and we had a meeting (together with printer Tetsui-san) to work out the colour separations.

We met at Tetsui-san's place ...

Senshafuda Project - paper sizing [0]

So my 'normal' work got put aside today, as young printer Tetsui-san came over to discuss his part in this project, and for the two of us to have a session of (practice) paper sizing.

He has never done any sizing before ...

Senshafuda Project - production update [2]

A quick progress update: carver Sato-san dropped over here a few days ago (riding his scooter all the way out from town!), and we got him all set up. He and I went over the image, deciding how to approach the carving, and he went back home with some blank blocks in his carry-bags, along with the hanshita printout.

I talked to him on the phone last night ...

Senshafuda Project - Spring 2011 design ready [6]

So, after all the delays due to one of the largest natural disasters in history - which kind of keeps things in perspective - the 'final' versions of the images arrived from designer Kaori Seki last night (at around 2 in the morning!), and I'm now able to put everything together.

Here's how the layout is going to work ...

Senshafuda Project - post-quake update [0]

Slow progress after the quake

Senshafuda Project - good news! [0]

Update on the senshafuda project.

Senshafuda Project - design evolution [2]

Progress on the senshafuda designs ...

Senshafuda Project - where we're at ... [1]

The project outline ...

Senshafuda Project - some numbers [2]

The basic budget for this project

New Project for this spring ... [9]

Discussing the projected senshafuda project ...

Hokkei Dragon (5) - Poem carving done ... [0]

the carving of the poem on this print is now complete!

Aspen Grove (11) - Embossing the title [5]

Numabe-san returned the stack of prints to me the late last week ...

Aspen Grove (10) - Proofing [1]

Here's a shot of his most recent proof, on the table beside Mike's original print:

Aspen Grove (9) - 4th Set of Blocks arrive! [7]

The package with the new set of blocks arrived from Mike today!

Hokkei Dragon (4) - Carving ... [0]

The carving has been coming along, very slowly bit by bit, sandwiched between work on the scroll and the colouring books ...

Aspen Grove (8) - Mike's Process ... [1]

After the previous set of blocks turned out to be unprintable, we decided to put them aside and cut another set

Hilo Bay (14) - Embossments [4]

... get a few of these ready to ship!

Aspen Grove (7) - Numabe's Proofing [4]

Here it is on his proofing stand together with Mike's original ...

Hilo Bay (13) - Done! [1]

Mokuhankan's first 'real' print ... as good as it gets!

Hilo Bay (12) - Numabe's Proof (Updated) [6]

Numabe-san gets to work on the proofing ...

Aspen Grove (6) - In a blue study ... [3]

Time to sit down and feel a bit blue ...

Hokkei Dragon (3) - Tracing done ... [2]

How many blocks do you think it will take?

Aspen Grove (5) - Printing experiments ... [8]

This is one cool set of blocks!

Hokkei Dragon (2) - Poem tracing [0]

The poem on this print is going to be very difficult to reproduce ...

Hokkei Dragon (1) - Tracing [0]

This series of posts will track the 'construction' of this print, start to finish ...

Aspen Grove (4) - Next proof ... [0]

... here are photos of blocks and prints ...

Hilo Bay (11) - Third Proof [8]

Not sure if I should wait until daylight before taking a photo of this one ...

Aspen Grove [3] - Block Cutting [0]

I have a decent piece of hard maple 12 inches wide 3/4 inch thick ...

Hilo Bay [10] - Second Proof [10]

... we've got it this far now ...

Hilo Bay [9] - First Proof [3]

This is actually a lot closer than I expected to get on the first try.

Aspen Grove [2] - The Image [0]

In early March, Mike send a .jpg of the image he had in mind, and our discussions continued ...

Aspen Grove [1] - Genesis [0]

... in the interests of having the entire process documented ...

Hilo Bay [8] - block set [2]

The block set for the Hilo Bay print is now done

Hilo Bay [7] - carving ... [14]

So anyway, the puzzle is basically solved, and here they are, laid out on my carving bench, ready to go ...

Hilo Bay [6] - colour separations [0]

I got it worked out to where I think I can get it all on six pieces of wood

Hilo Bay [5] - more block planning [2]

With the basic colour separations done, the next step is to determine the actual layout of the blocks.

Hilo Bay [4] - block planning [14]

For such a simple image, there are going to be a lot of blocks ...

Hilo Bay [3] - Questions ... [19]

Gary, while talking with Numabe-san this afternoon in the coffee shop at Ueno Station ... a couple of things came up I need to ask you about:

Hilo Bay [2] - Genesis cont... [0]

I've been pondering the block breakdown for Hilo Bay in off minutes ... I think I can basically see through how it could be done.

Hilo Bay [1] - Genesis [0]

Anyway, thinking about the idea of using your images in this Mokuhankan thing ... if I can get the thing rolling, would you be interested in doing it that way?

David's Choice - Episode #4 [1]

The next YouTube video ... 'Favourite Flowers of Japan'

David's Choice video - episode #3 [2]

The next David's Choice video ...

David's Choice video - episode #2 [0]

Next David's Choice video is ready ...

David's Choice comes to video ... [3]

David's Choice comes to video format!

Doi collaboration video - Part 9 [1]

The video of printing Lake Kawaguchi is now ready ...

A new Hasui print is almost ready ... [0]

We are adding a new Hasui reproduction to our catalogue today ...

Message to Studio Ghibli [3]

Hoping this video can be seen by the people at Ghibli who have say on licenses ...

What are we doing ... [22]

I don't know ... should I post about this, or just let it go ...

Doi collaboration video - Part 8 [1]

The next Doi Hanga video is ready ...

Paper Breakthrough? [8]

We may have the answer to our paper problems!

30 years! [1]

Today - July 1 - is an anniversary day for me ... it's been exactly 30 years since I arrived in Japan! Here's the stamp they put in my passport that day ... they gave me permission for a 90 day stay!

Doi collaboration video - Part 7 [1]

The Matsushima print is ready!

Doi collaboration video - Part 6 [4]

Next video showing the printing progress on Matsushima is ready!

Our first blocks! [4]

... preparing our first self-made woodblocks ...

Doi collaboration video - Part 5 [2]

The next YouTube video is ready ...

Sizing machine - proof of concept? [15]

An attempt to help solve our paper problems ... we try to make a sizing machine!

Love child of Bob Ross and Jim Henson ... [3]

Comments about video comments ...

New woodblocks ... [6]

The wood block adventures continue ... and seem to be moving along well!

Remembering traditional woodblock carver Susumu Ito [3]

The next video is ready ....

The Wood Question ... [7]

Lots of people offering assistance here ... there's not much our overseas friends can do about paper, but a few people have suggestions about the wood supply ...

How are we doing? Part three ... [6]

OK, here we go with the next instalment of our update, and as I mentioned in the previous post, we are encountering some major problems with our materials.

How are we doing? Part two ... [14]

Today's post is more difficult than yesterday's. We've got some problems here at Mokuhankan, and one of them in particular is pretty serious ...

How are we doing? Part one ... [1]

It’s time for me to try and bring our fans/community up-to-date with some very important things happening here.

Doi Hanga collaboration video - Part 4 [3]

Video part 4 ... a print comes to life!

Kamisuki proofing ... [0]

Proofing the new 'Mashup' print ...

The Henry Manga comes to life! [2]

First photos of the new Henry Manga book ...

Doi Hanga collaboration - Part 3 [0]

Our next YouTube video ...

Mashup? [9]

A very interesting new 'shin-hanga' development!

Next YouTube is up! [3]

New video ...

Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits - update video [0]

A video bringing an update on the upcoming Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits series ...

Progressing ... [4]

A quick peek into our printers' room ...

Feeling worn down? Prematurely old? [1]

Looking at some prematurely 'old' blocks!

Great Wave video … part fourteen [0]

The next Great Wave video is ready ...

Anniversaries ... [7]

How Mokuhankan got started ...

quote - IT'S HERE! - unquote [12]

Yes, that's what I'm seeing in my email Inbox any number of times each day now … We've been shipping Great Wave prints bit by bit over the past couple of weeks, and they are now arriving at homes around the world.

All the Print News that Fits ... [13]

A new 'print' series ...

In Good Company ... [3]

An interesting exhibition chance!

YouTube milestone ... [6] We reached a small milestone last night, after uploading the most recent video in the series documenting the production of the Great Wave print - the cumulative views on the channel passed a half million ... Now I know that...
Which way will it go? [7]

Wrapping up the year-end bookkeeping ...

Sad News ... [1]

Good-bye to a long-time friend and supporter ...

Two Years in the planning ... [2]

We're ready to announce our new subscription series for 2015!

Who am I? [10]

A request for feedback and advice from the fans ...

Grab Bag ... [1]

A catchup of recent activities ...

A 'spot' of trouble ... [5]

We _desperately_ need more (capable) printers...

Quarter century ... [6]

A forgotten anniversary!

Downtime ... [1]

An experience we don't want every day!

About that 2nd floor ... [1]

Still no formal news about our Asakusa workshop plans ...

Now on Facebook ... [0]

Mokuhankan is (finally) on Facebook ...

When it Rains, it Pours (III) ... [7]

Some background information on our plans for the new building ...

New Yoshida prints in the catalogue! [2]

Two brand new editions of a traditional Yoshida design are now in our catalogue ...

When it Rains, it Pours (II) ... [5]

An update on some recent publicity ...

When it Rains, it Pours (I) ... [0]

Things here are really cooking this past couple of weeks!

Recipe Contest! [2]

And now for something completely different ... and delicious!

Print Party ... [2]

The most recent Print Party ...

Time for a change? [6]

Some changes in the way that I accept overseas payments ...

Portraits #3 ships ... [3]

Print #3 wraps up!

Chibi Heroes update ... new case! [0]

The new Chibi Heroes storage case is finally ready!

IAmA Update ... [0]

The Reddit event is done ...

IAmA woodblock printmaker! [0]

The Reddit event is now scheduled!

Portraits series cases arrive! [2]

We finally have some cases available for our Portraits print series ...

Wrapping things up! [3]

Where are our packages going?

Webcast with Jed ... recorded version [1]

Webcast recorded version ...

Live Webcast! [2]

Jed & Dave - Live Webcast in Tokyo!

Portraits Launched! [1]

The Portraits series is now up and running ...

Portraits milestone ... [3]

Running the numbers on the Portraits series ...

Woody mystery - the solution [1]

How the wooden prints were made ...

"No" [2]

Reply from the young carver ...

Woody Mystery! [0]

Three very interesting little prints ...

Rejected! [14]

A failed proposal ...

Ukiyoe Heroes Signing bonus ... [0]

A Signup Bonus is available for our new Portraits series!

It's over ... let's get started! [1]

Carving of the next Ukiyoe Heroes print gets under way ...

Full House! [2]

A full house of printers was busy here this afternoon!

Major update to 'Heroes' website [5]

We have a nice new set of pages for the Heroes prints - from smartphone to giant desktop monitor ...

Nice newspaper coverage ... [5]

Some nice press coverage ...

Certain Victory! [0]

Masaru-kun is beginning to ship!

Chibies done ... Portraits to start ... [2]

Announcing the new Portraits series.

Journey's End... [2]

A close look at the new Chibi Heroes prototype box.

One Giant Step! [7]

News about a 'new face' here at Mokuhankan ...

Case by Case ... [10]

Another go-around on the case construction ...

Roadmap ... [3]

Announcement of the upcoming designs in the Ukiyoe Heroes series ...

Busyness! [1]

We're busy!

Quick update ... [0]

A random update of recent events ...

Edo Superstar - Kickstarter is now open! [1]

Jed's new Kickstarter campaign is now open!

Pending announcement ... [4]

Upcoming announcement ...

Block Party! [0]

A new printing project!

More Partnering! [2]

More new prints for our catalogue!

Moving day ... [8]

We move the cabinets into the workroom ...

New workspace ... new prints! [2]

An update on some additions to our catalogue, as well as the workroom construction.

Video doings ... [0]

Update on the recent video ...

Grab bag ... [2]

A catch up of recent news...

New workroom - first tryout! [0]

We begin to move in ...

Busy weekend ... [2]

Update on the workroom progress, including new printing benches.

Workroom construction ... [0]

Insulating the ceiling of the new workroom ...

A most interesting year! [2]

The 1st anniversary of our Heroes project is here!

Auctioneering results! [8]

The boxes of auction goods arrive ...

Auctioneering [8]

An exciting internet auction!

Sign Up! [0]

Our baren sign (Mark I) goes up into place ...

Video - General update, March 2013 [1]

General update video - including scenes of Ayumi-san working ...

The future? [3]

Walking through the book district ...

More Catalogue Catchup! [0]

Another group of new prints heads into the catalogue ...

Catalogue Catchup! [0]

A whole new group of prints in the Mokuhankan catalogue!

Construction update [1]

Next step in the workroom construction ...

"Are you OK?" [2]

Update of updates!

Construction (finally) begins ... [1]

Construction on the workroom expansion begins ...

Chibi Heroes Trailer is ready! [6]

The new trailer for the Chibi Heroes print series is ready.

Video - introducing two printers ... [1]

The two men printing most of our Ukiyoe Heroes prints

More shipping ... [2]

Chibi Heroes is shipping!

Video - Visit to Mokuhankan, November 2012 [0]

A short video walkround of our workshop yesterday afternoon ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : shipping video from Jed [0]

Video of Ukiyoe Heroes shipping procedure ...

Rickshaw Cart is shipping! [0]

Shipping of the Rickshaw Cart woodblocks gets under way!

Ayumi-san's new baren [1]

Ayumi-san's first baren!

Ukiyoe Heroes - Print Party (2) [0]

The next Print Party ....

Big news! Chibi Subscriptions! Woot! [3]

The new Chibi Heroes series is ready to go!

Ukiyoe Heroes - Print Party! [3]

The first of our Print Parties happened this afternoon ...

Chibi Heroes - next pair under way! [4]

Work on the next pair of Chibi Heroes gets under way!

Another Debut! [2]

Aymui-san's first two prints make it into the catalogue ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Staff update ... [3]

A teaser for a post that will appear next week!

Ukiyoe Heroes - Dave's 'Thank you!' video ... [6]

Dave's 'Thank You' message to the backers ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : Stunned silence ... [6]

The Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : Shipping! [8]

The first batch of Rickshaw Cart prints is ready!

Ukiyoe Heroes : a major milestone [3]

We reach a major milestone in the funding for the project ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : final (?) update video [0]

The final (?) update message in the Kickstarter campaign ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : production ... [3]

Production of the Ukiyoe Heroes prints has finally begun!

Ukiyoe Heroes : latest chart ... [1]

The latest chart of Kickstarter progress ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : One third along ... [1]

Dave's update message at the 1/3 point of the Kickstarter campaign ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : Day Four [7]

Update on the Kickstarter campaign progress.

Ukiyoe Heroes : Day One [4]

Message from Dave on the close of the first day of the Kickstarter project ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Kickstarter is now open [6]

The Ukiyoe Heroes Kickstarter page is now open ...

Hail Mary Update ... [2]

The Ukiyoe Heroes Kickstarter will open soon ...

2nd Webcast with Jed Henry [0]

Another webcast with Jed Henry ...

Webcast 'Heads up' ... [0]

Next webcast is scheduled ...

Concert for the Printer [2]

Performance? Or a heckler?

Plumber progress [2]

The key block for Jed's first design is done ...

Webcast with Jed Henry [1]

The first webcast with Jed Henry

Everybody's busy ... [5]

A busy day at Mokuhankan ...

Hail Mary - part 2 [16]

Introducing Jed Henry and his work ...

Hail Mary time ... [0]

Crunch time is here!

A thief in the house ... [7]

Our first experience of thievery here at the workshop ...

Busy printers ... [0]

Just a couple of 'quick pix' today ... some of the busy printers!

Ishikawa-san gets going ... [3]

We had a real traffic jam here the other day, with six of us all trying to work in the same small space together ...

Weekend update ... [5]

A selection of wildlife photos from this afternoon at the Seseragi Studio ...

Carving and Printing (Dave and Ayumi) [0]

Young trainee printer Ayumi-san was here this morning for her first 'solo' session. We caught some of it on video!

More new faces! [2]

Two new printers started today ...

Design Festa - Spring 2012 [0]

Attending the Design Festa ...

Breakout! [3]

The wall came tumbling down!

Next door ... [7]

Expanding into the next door space ...

Another introduction! [7]

Introducing our newest trainee ...

One small step for a man ... [9]

How to solve our growing space problem?

Once in a lifetime chance! [0]

A new 'item was added to the Mokuhankan catalogue today, and here is the text from the explanation page:

Tsushima-san's current project ... [0]

Tsushima-san's next print project ...

General update ... [1]

It's been a very busy week here at Mokuhankan, but unfortunately there aren't a great many photos that I am able to show you ...

Some good/bad news ... [7]

Beginning this spring, the Trainee Premium program is no long just a vague idea, but has become reality.

A New Era ... [5]

I think that when I look back on it from sometime far in the future, today will be one of those days that sticks out as a 'big one'. Yasuhiro Lee started with us today ...

Short update ... new staff (!), knife box question ... [2]

Mixed results from the four interviews over the past couple of days, but one report to make straight away, as the 'deal' was struck right there during our conversation; next Monday we'll be welcoming our newest member ...

Preparing for tomorrow's interviews [0]

While working on the image tracing these past couple of days, my mind has of course been busy with thoughts of the upcoming interviews the next few days.

About that newspaper ad ... [8]

Results of the ad 'campaign' in the local newspaper ... and a possible way forward.

The ad ... [2]

I wrote a couple of weeks back about a Help Wanted ad for the local newspaper, and it's finally ready to go:

Mokuhankan Partner news ... [0]

Bringing you up to date on the Mokuhankan Partners ...

Floating some ideas ... [5]

Thinking about some new ideas for packaging the Mokuhankan prints ...

Help wanted! [4]

Mokuhankan is looking for people ...

Knife update ... [9]

Excellent progress on the new knives/chisels ...

Another _Big_ Step! [4]

The young craftsman Sato-san, who did the work for the Senshafuda prints I published last year, has been spending quite a lot of his free time doing research on the content of the steel used to make the blades in our carving knives.

Brush preparation [3]

Back at the 'grind' after the winter break!

Year-end wrapup ... [1]

Our year-end wrapup ...

Two special visitors today ... [4]

Two enjoyable (mostly) visitors today!

Busy day at the office ... [0]

A very busy day at the workshop ...

Where to find good people? [1]

Today's post is a quote from a blog run by the Wall Street Journal

Gift Print off to an excellent start ... [0]

The pile of Gift Prints waiting for their turn to head to the post office!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch ... [1]

The two trainee ladies are making excellent progress!

Ishigami-san's progress ... [0]

Ishigami-san is also making good progress ...

Peony print ... progress ... [1] It's taken a very long time for Tsushima-san to get her batch of Peony prints done (with the change of seasons now under way, her kids are getting colds/fever frequently), but she finally got them finished this morning. Here she...
Just hanging around ... [2]

Tsushima-san built us a brush drying rack!

The next step forward ... [1]

Ishigami-san, the second printer-trainer, has begun work ...

Got that Fever ... and that ain't good! [1]

A close look at the baren that Tsushima-san tied the other day.

Tsushima-san's latest efforts [3]

Another update on Tsushima-san's progress ...

Too much news these days ... [4]

Tsushima-san's latest result ...

Tsushima-san's progress [2]

Tsushima-san is making good progress!

The 'Apprentice' ... next stage [0]

Tsushima-san has turned out to be pretty good at this. Her work is now on sale over at the confectionery shop, and a number of them are also already on the way to overseas purchasers. And, she's having fun with the challenges ...

Kakegami project launched! (and will you try some cookies?) [2]

The kakegami are now in the shops!

The newest venture - kakegami ... [10]

Explaining the genesis and concept behind the new 'Kakegami' project ...

Today's results ... [7]

Not a lot to talk about today (much!) ... just a couple of little snapshots should do for now!

Breaking News ('slightly' edited) [6]

Here is a report (slightly edited) from the news today:

"Tokyo — Four people were taken to hospital and a glass door smashed as a near-riot broke out at Tokyo's Mokuhankan store among crowds rushing to snap up the popular Senshafuda prints ...

Visit to Mokuhankan - in the year 201x [0]

A vision of the future of Mokuhankan

Mixed up blogs ... [0]

Explaining the two blogs on this website

Added to the catalogue - 'Girl and Blossoms' [0]

This month's re-printing work is finally done!

Spring update ... [0]

Update to the Mokuhankan catalogue, and status report ...

Status update ... new items ... [0]

Update on new prints ...

Mokuhankan - first year financials ... [1]

a simple graph showing the main 'money in/money out' flow at the end of the first year's efforts

Mokuhankan eBook printouts ... [6]

Samples of printed-out eBooks ...

Six new prints added to Mokuhankan! [0]

... with only 200 copies pulled so far, it would be a crime to let them sleep indefinetely.

Discussion on identifying print 'batches' ... [5]

Resources (and customers!) are both scarce at present, so the prints are being printed in quite small batches.

Ukiyo-e Colouring eBook now ready! [0]

The first two eBooks in the Mokuhankan catalogue seem to be turning out to be successful, so here's another one ... with a difference!

The Colouring book is on the way! [0]

the new colouring book is now nearly here!

Progress Updates ... [17]

... a zillion dragon scales!

2nd eBook - Fletcher's 1916 volume [1]

Morley-Fletcher's 1916 volume - Wood-block Printing.

Hiroshi Yoshida eBook now on Mokuhankan [0]

Mokuhankan's first eBook published.

Mokuhankan Shopping Cart now up and running ... [2]

A shopping cart is now in place on the Mokuhankan site ...

Visit to printer Shinkichi Numabe [1]

A visit to printer Numabe-san, as he works on a Toshi Yoshida reprint ...

Mokuhankan now accepts credit cards ... [0]

Starting today, the Mokuhankan order form contains two new options ...

We're Open! [0]

Mokuhankan is finally 'open for business'!

Watanabe vs Adobe ... [6]

One of the 'core' questions about this whole enterprise?

General Update ... [4]

An update on all the various 'threads' being sewn at the moment ...

Vacuum box ... [3]

The vacuum cleaner is plenty powerful enough to pull the print down even through the shirt.

How open to be? [7]

How open should I be with some of the Mokuhankan data?

Opening the 'Back Room' ... [0]

... there is a real interest in what is going on here ...

The First Batch ... [1]

The first batch of prints has been received from Numabe-san the printer.

First Print ... part three ... [4]

Well ... finally ... the first package of saleable prints arrived today.

Countdown ... [0]

What needs to be done before I can go live?

First Print ... part two ... [2]

Good - and I think very productive - discussion. No hostility or hassle ...

First Prints [5]

Anyhow, long story short, I have a kind of decision to make here ... about whether or not I should actually go ahead with this Mokuhankan thing.

Welcome to Mokuhankan Conversations [1]

The idea behind this section of the Mokuhankan website is to provide a place for easy communication between - and among - the people making the prints, and the people interested in the prints.

Dave's Colouring Book! [5]

... the 20 prints would appear in outline form only, ready for people to tear out and colour.

Going cross-eyed ... [3]

... the last stage of the tracing for the Kaigetsudo scroll ...

 

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