飛び出す鯉 (Leaping Carp)
Description: This is a design 'stolen' from a kimono pattern book issued in Meiji 31 (1898). Of course, in that era there was no standard colour printing, and the only way for a kimono fabric maker to distribute sample patterns to kimono shops around the country was by means of woodblock printing
The book contains hundreds of pages, all full-colour printed like this, and must have cost an absolute fortune to produce ... Although I suppose back then such craftsmen were a 'dime a dozen' ...
The image is one that doesn't need much explanation - the concept of the fish swimming upstream, or leaping against the current is an obvious metaphor for successful struggle. Although as this fish is leaping from the sea, rather than a swift river, one wonders ...
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