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- Mikawa Hanabi (Fireworks Display in Mikawa) -

Fumio Kitaoka


The magnificent woodblock print 'Mikawa Hanabi' (Fireworks Display in Mikawa) is by Fumio Kitaoka (1918–2007), capturing the dynamic fireworks display in Aichi Prefecture. This print, printed in 1977, showcases the popularity and development of fireworks in the Mikawa region, particularly in Okazaki. The Mikawa Fireworks Display, held in August 1949, has since become a renowned festival nationwide. The print features lovely colors and contrast and is hand-signed by the artist in pencil on the bottom margin.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 15 and 1/4 x 12 and 1/4 inches (38.8 x 31 cm)
Image size: 12 and 7/8 x 9 and 1/2 inches (32.5 x 24 cm)
Sheet number: 83/200
Date: 1977
Signed: Hand-signed in pencil by the artist on the bottom margin.
Condition: Overall, the print is in good condition. There are a few spots on the top margin, and the toning on the margins will be matted out. There are tape residues on the corners of the verso (upper right corner and lower left corner). However, the image itself is superb. Please see the pictures. 


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