Exhibition of Inuki Tachihara, woodblock print artist
I visited the exhibition of ukiyoe artist Inuki Tachihara currently being held at Ninna-ji Temple, a World Heritage site in Kyoto.
I made reproductions of the 12 ukiyo-e works on display.
They are printed on Washi (Japanese paper) called Torinoko-gami. Washi is a difficult material to print on because the ink tends to bleed through. However, I have the technology to print beautifully on any type of Washi! I have been involved in the production of replicas of paintings and ancient documents of temples and shrines, and almost all of them are written on Washi. Therefore, in order to make a replica that is almost identical to the real thing, we needed a technology that could reproduce them by printing beautifully on Washi. As a result of trial and error, we have developed a processing technology that enables beautiful inkjet printing on any Washi paper.
For Washi accessories and Washi printing, leave it to us!
Let me return to Ukiyo-e. Ukiyo-e is basically a system of division of labor, from design to engraving and printing, but Inuki Tachihara did all the work by himself. His works are highly evaluated and are said to be permanently preserved in the British Museum. Amazing!
Of course, it is not as powerful as the real thing, but it is worth seeing because its long side is just over 100 cm.
The venue is the Gosho Garden at Ninna-ji Temple. The exhibition will be held until October 10.
The weather was fine yesterday and we had a pleasant walk. If you are ever in Kyoto, please stop by.