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The 2000 Album


Welcome to the 'Surimono Albums' series of woodblock prints, and 'welcome back' to those of you who collected the first album ...

I am very happy to be back at work on another Surimono Album. Making the first album was a wonderful experience for me, getting a chance to learn and use many new techniques. I have pretty much the same sort of thing planned for this second album - a mix of designs balanced by artist, type and season, all of which should give both of us pleasure, me in the making, and you in the viewing! Thank you very much for choosing to collect my work. Here are a few notes to help you in caring for, and enjoying, your new prints.

Viewing your prints

Although these prints look just fine when viewed by normal light, it is possible to greatly increase the visual effect by viewing them under horizontal illumination. Place the album flat on a low table, positioned just in front of a north-facing window, or perhaps a closed shoji screen. Turn off all overhead room lights, and view the prints by only this soft light. When looked at this way, a woodblock print becomes a three-dimensional object, and the embossments in the paper that were created by the pressure of my baren are readily visible. They are much more beautiful when seen in the proper light - please try it!

Caring for your prints

Generally it is advisable to try and touch the print surface as little as possible, as natural oils in your hands will lead to stains and soiling if the prints are repeatedly handled. Of course, some handling is unavoidable, but minimizing it will keep your prints looking beautiful for a great many years. Your prints are in a folder made from acid-free paper, and they should be quite safe stored inside this. At least once a year though - autumn or winter is best - please ensure that each folder is opened to the air for a time, to ensure that no dampness is building up.

Thank you again for your interest in my work. I think you will find collecting these prints to be a rewarding experience.


  • Every print in this year's album was printed on 'Echizen Hosho Washi' from Mr. Ichibei Iwano of Otaki Village in Fukui Prefecture, Japan.
  • My little 'essays' were elegantly translated into Japanese by Ms. Sadako Ishizaki.
  • The folders holding the prints were handmade one-by-one by my neighbour Mrs. Hitomi Ichikawa.
  • Album covers and slipcases handmade by Mr. & Mrs. Masataka Toda, of the Kogado Company.
  • Cover calligraphy by Mrs. Hiroko Kubota.
  • The prints in this album were reproduced from originals in collections as follows:
    1. My own collection
    2. The Toyo Bunko, Tokyo
    3. The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
    4. The Toyo Bunko, Tokyo
    5. The Victoria & Albert Museum, London
    6. The Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii
    7. The Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas
    8. The Toyo Bunko, Tokyo
    9. My own collection
    10. Mr. Yutaka Nishizawa, Ome City, Tokyo

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