Hocchi no Sakura - Gunma (The 500 years old cherry tree, Gunma)

Hajime Namiki


Very large size print. Truly gorgeous and beautiful colors. This print is as remarkable as the tree itself. Please see the details of tree trunk and flowers. Incredible delicate, wonderful shading and a great composition. A famous artist friend of mine once explained how it is most tough to make extra large size woodblock print by ownself. This print shows Namiki's great skill and artistic maturity. This print brings a luxurious mood to your room.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 30 and 3/4 inches by 17 and 3/4 inches (77.6 x 45 cm)
Image size: 27 and 1/4 inches by 14 and 1/2 inches (69 x 37 cm)
Sheet number: 71/200
Date: 2006
Signed: Artist signed "Hajime Namiki" by pencil on the bottom margin.
Condition: Very good condition. Minor toning on the edge of the paper.  A tiny ink spot on the left margin and minor paper crease at the lower right corner which will be easily matted out.

Hocchi no Sakura




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This 500 years old cherry tree is a huge tree on the hill in Naka-Hocchi, Gunma, its age is presumed to be more than five hundred years, its height is 12 meters, and its trunk is 5.2 meters around. It is located on a hill in a small mountain village in Naka-Hocchi, Gunma, Eastern Japan.

There is Mirokuji temple for the famous Shogun family "Tokugawa family" on the same mountain. The local people can know when this cherry tree starts to bloom, it is a time of rice seedling. People say "This huge cherry tree looks down on all the village". Local people respect and take care of this tree still now.