Woodblock Print: Cherry Blossoms at Kintaikyo Bridge
Cherry Blossoms are the quintessential symbol of Japan, for their lovely, ephemeral quality. Except for Okinawa, Cherry Blossoms bloom throughout the whole of Japan for a few short weeks in March and April, and is a time for universal celebration; an appreciation of life. The celebration usually consists of sitting under the Cherry trees at night while eating good food, drinking sake, and carousing with friends and relatives!
Our frames are custom-ordered for every print we buy from Japan, and we intentionally leave a quarter-inch margin around the woodblock print, showing the name of the picture and the Publisher’s seal (Watanabe). While these prints are Originals (i.e. printed from the original block) they were not done under Hasui’s supervision, thus the reduced price. A woodblock print that was done while Hasui was still alive, and which he supervised and gave his approval to, in good condition costs between $3000 to $6000, depending on the print and its condition.
Our custom-ordered frames are made in such a way that they can be opened easily from the back. That means if you own two of the same size matted woodblock prints you can open the frame and easily switch the prints. This is a very Japanese way of doing things, changing the artwork according to the “season”.
Matted Woodblock Print, $450
UPS shipping within the United States, approximately $30 to $40