芝犬ゆうちん草紙 (Shiba-inu Yuchin Zoshi)

Designer: Yoko Ishikawa

Paper size: 21.5cm by 15.5cm | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [M] ? | Currency: $ / £ /

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Description: This item is not a woodblock print - it is a hard-back offset book containing the collected content of a set of four hand-carved and hand-printed woodblock books made by Mokuhankan staff printer Yoko Ishikawa. (She doesn't get enough of this here at work; this is how she spends her time off!)

A huge amount of work went into the original books - everything on every page is hand-carved, including the lettering. She only made a few copies of each one, mainly for distribution to family members. But once they were done, she also had this offset book made, so that a wider audience could enjoy her work.

The content is straight-forward ... episodes from their daily life with Yu-chin, their long-time pet Shiba-inu. (Yu-chin is gone now, but Ishikawa-san is still producing books about him; Volume 5 (not included in this collection) is done, and Volume 6 is in preparation ...)

This book contains the full content of: Volume 1 (16 pages), Volume 2 (20 pages), Volume 3 (12 pages), and Volume 4 (10 pages).

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Many people have asked, so we have prepared a small booklet containing English translations of the image captions, along the lines of what you see below, and will include this with each book ...

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The sample 'spread' below is taken from Volume 3; Yu-chin has been wanting to go to the local station on his daily walk, always pulling in that direction. So today, he has been taken inside … (The book reads right to left ...)

Top right: “Yu-chin, the train is soon coming.”

Bottom right: “Yu-chin, the train is here … it’s here!”

Top left: “Yu-chin, the train! Look, the train!”

Bottom left: “No interest in the train? What’s wrong?”

(It turns out that Yu-chin's interest in the station was nothing to do with the trains ... What could it be?)

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