“The woodblock prints of Edo” make us think of several stories. The charm that only those who touch them with their hands can appreciate
In the Edo period, the Ukiyo-e print evaluated as the information magazine that sent the trend next to the daily life of the people. "The woodblock prints of Edo" is the origin of the magazine culture. The materials, the techniques and the printing are all unique in Japan. What does the woodblock print that would be the origin of printing transmit to the present day?
“The project of E・M A・K I”. The masterpieces of fairy tales from all over the world are reproduced on Emaki in woodblock prints. The work full of ideas of Takahashi Kobo to make the small children feel familiar with the culture of the woodblock print.
“The woodblock print of Edo” is the result of the high-level techniques of craftsmen from all fields
“The woodblock print of Edo” was appreciated as “the essential” by people at the time. It is the Japanese synthetic art; “Hanmoto” (so to speak the publisher who designs and directs works) as well as “Eshi” (the draftsman), “Horishi” (the engraver) who engraves wood, “Surishi” (the printer who colors and finalizes), all four craftsmen are essential for the production. Sustained efforts of craftsmen as well as the activities of genius were behind the production.
The materials, the technique, the expression peculiar to the woodblock prints of Edo are universal
The greatest charm of the ukiyo-e woodblock print is its bright colors printed in a multicolored style. Everything is handmade by craftsmen and the color produced by the precise prints up to 20 to 30 times is marvelous. In addition, the touch and nuance of the selected Japanese papers, and the original warmth to the wood block by hand are the trademark that no other method of en-graving can have. Takahashi Kobo perpetuates the culture of the Woodblock print by using the same technique as it was used at the time. He evolves according to the customers’ demands, but he keeps something. “We have kept on producing various things to make today’s people appreciate without difficulty the culture of the woodblock prints of Edo. But not all materials can be ap-plied. We are trying to produce using the technique of woodcutting as much as possible to make feel the particular charm and touch of the woodblock prints of the time”. The ukiyo-e print makes you feel closer to the life and the style of the time through paintings. The thoughts of the designers and the craftsmen on the print and the warmth of the materials combine to form a culture that has been appreciated even as time goes by. We present one of Takahashi Kobo’s products full of his ideas, “Broche of Wood Block Print of Edo”.
Charming and innovative brooches using parts of the ukiyo-e prints that make you want to collect them. They are said to be produced by reusing “Yare” which is a non-regulation product whose colors are uneven or different than the originals. Look forward to the release of the charming products of the “Yare series” which is the new challenge of Takahashi Kobo.