2021 (Reiwa 3) New Year’s Card: Year of the Ox

2021 (Reiwa 3) New Year’s Card: Year of the Ox postcard (front)

Offset printing. The paper is 220-kg matte coat. The original idea that our two cats Kuro and Hachitaro are on the ox’s horns is from Chris Ryal. The drypoint etching work used on the back side is Kudan from my 2020 Prophetic Beasts series. The stamp part is an ox silhouette. Tell the truth I … Read more

Prophetic Beast of Osorezan

Prophetic Beast of Osorezan

Drypoint etching, 100×150, November 2020 Series: Japanese phantoms In the second year of the Koka era (1845), after severe weather had been continuing for several days and nights at Osorezan (Mount Osore) in what is now Aomori Prefecture, this mythical beast appeared in a black cloud at the foot of the mountain. It was in … Read more

We had termites!

Illustration of termite damage (gate)

For us, like everyone else, 2020 has been a very challenging year, and we feel a bit sheepish to lay claim to woes of our own. But last month we added another entry to our list of troubles. We discovered we had termites.

Hizen no Kuni no Icho

Hizen no Kuni no Icho

Drypoint etching, 100×150, October 2020 Series: Japanese phantoms This unusual bird appeared in Hirado, Hizen Province (now Nagasaki and Saga Prefectures) in the Edo period. It was said to have issued a prophecy as a divine messenger. The prediction was for a good harvest and the outbreak of an epidemic within seven years from the … Read more