Shimanami (Seto Inland Sea)

Tatsuo Kawashima


Limited edition of only 200 prints. Hand numbered, titled, signed by the artist in pencil. Fabulous beautiful seascape. This print jumped into my heart deeply. I know this place exactly, I always use this bridge still now when we visit our family's graves. It feels like I am right there, I can feel sea breeze, air, and sound. I know he sketched this at park. This print remind me of my family and my childhood memories very much. Kawashima told me. He used *Kira -zuri (Unmo-zuri) technique to make the waves when he prints. He said it was so hard and difficult to do. This technique is not easy. This skillful technique adds real mood of sparkling waves and beauty into this wonderful print. Please see the last picture. Kira-zuri "mica printing"; the use of fine mica flakes scattered on the print while the ink is wet, which produces a subdued sparking effect. The mica was made to adhere by using a glue consisting of either egg-white, or rice-paste. For large areas, the glue was applied with a special block, and the mica brushed on with a soft brush, using a stencil.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 9 and 1/4 inches by 14 and 7/8 inches. (48.5 x 38 cm)
Sheet number: 103/200
Date: N/A
Signed: Hand signed "T.Kawashima" on the bottom margin
Condition: Pristine condition.


About shimanami
The Shimanami Kaido begins on Honshu in Onomichi city. It then leads across the six islands of Mukaishima, Innoshima, Ikuchijima, Omishima, Hakatajima and Oshima, before terminating on Shikoku in Imabari City. Along the way, travelers can enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Seto Inland Sea and the islands' small towns.