Hanzo has made a Doraemon Ukiyo-e series of “Fujimigahara in Owari Province (Bishū Fujimigahara), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei)”. To carry on the traditional Japanese craftsmanship of carving and scrapping, the basis of the world-famous Ukiyo-e woodblock prints.
Ukiyo-e (浮世絵) is a Japanese art of woodblock prints and paintings born in the Edo era (1603-1867), illustrating female beauties, sumo wrestlers, landscapes, scenes from folk tales and more.
The motif—Fujimigahara in Owari Province (Bishū Fujimigahara), from Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei) series is one of the greatest works of the Ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai created in his 70s. Fujimigahara in Owari Province (Bishū Fujimigahara) is the most westerly of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji: the view is said of the area around today’s Fujimi-Cho, Naka-Ku, Nagoya City, Aichi.
The composition boldly illustrates a large barrel in the centre with artisans at work, peering out of the barrel to a triangular view of Fuji. You can see Doraemon and Nobita happily making the barrel and Mt Fuji watching over them in the distance, like a close-familiar entity.
Doraemon and Nobita blended in with Hokusai’s masterpiece, painted on Echizen handmade Japanese washi paper using the engraver-etcher’s traditional techniques.
■How Ukiyo-e Woodblock Prints are Made
Engraving by artisan.
Scraping by artisan.
Some of the woodblocks are used for carving and burnishing. A single ukiyo-e woodblock print was completed after carving several woodblocks of different colours and burnished repeatedly.
The highly delicate and sophisticated techniques of the engraver-etcher, handed down since the Edo era, are what give each piece its indescribable handmade texture.
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