Item from the Mokuhankan Flea Market

Day off in Hell

Size: 20 cm by 14 cm (7.87 in by 5.51 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [M] ?

Designer: Kawanabe Kyosai

Era: | Production quality (1~5): 5 | Condition (1~5): 5

Price: 7,000 yen (click to see conversions)

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Description: This is an unusual item in our Flea Market catalogue - a freshly made print, but not by us here at Mokuhankan. One of the traditional printers living and working in Tokyo for many years, Mr. Tsutomu Mitamura, has decided to try his hand at issuing some print reproductions himself.

He is a huge fan of Kawanabe Kyosai's work, and has begun his publishing activities with a series of reproductions of some of Kyosai's yokai related designs. He arranged for one of the younger carvers in the traditional crafts association, Kayoko Suga, to do the carving, and did the printing himself.

This image represents Kyosai's idea of what the traditional 'Day off in Hell' would look like. According to old legends, January 16th and July 16th were a day off for the demons (and their 'customers' ...)

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