Crane at Sunrise (初日に舞う鶴)

Designer: Isoda Koryusai | Carver: Taran Casey | Printer: Ayumi Ohashi

Paper size: 11cm by 15.5cm | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [HC] ? ( Change currency: $ / £ / )

Price: $ 40.00£ 29.25€ 34.25

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Description: This design - based on an original by Koryusai - incorporates two of the most important symbols of the New Year in traditional Japanese culture: the long-lived crane, and the first sunrise of the new year. It is also interesting for the way in which the designer has twisted the bird into an impossible shape for flight, all in the name of ‘composition’, and yet our eyes accept this without complaint.

A special feature of the print is its use of the karazuri (embossing) technique. To see this in the way that the viewers of that century did, one must turn off any overhead lighting and hold the print near a window or lamp. The light falling horizontally across the print will then highlight the embossments and allow the full texture of the beautiful Japanese paper to be enjoyed.

This print has been so popular for us at Mokuhankan that we wore out a set of very hard cherry blocks making it. The version you see here is printed from a brand-new set of blocks that we made in the summer of 2021.

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