Shuri (Shuri in Okinawa)

Katsuyuki Nishijima


Fine black and white woodblock print "Shuri" (Shuri in Okinawa) is by Katsuyuki Nishijima. This print is one of Nishijima's new series with only black & white. Printed on cream color paper. His masterful woodblock printing skills reflect a nostalgic view of Japan. Typical Okinawa house is a very exotic mood. The focal point is the "Shisa" (Lion dog) on the roof. Many people in Okinawa put Shisa on their rooftops. Shisa are wards believed to protect from various devils. 

Shuri is a district of the city of Naha, Okinawa. It was formerly a separate city in and of itself, and the royal capital of the Ryūkyū Kingdom. A number of famous historical sites are located in Shuri, including Shuri Castle, the Shureimon gate, Sunuhyan-utaki (a sacred space of the native Ryukyuan religion), and royal mausoleum Tamaudun, all of which are designated World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.

Technique: Woodblock 
Paper size: 17 and 1/4 inches wide and 12 and 1/2 inches tall (43.5x31.5cm)
Image size: 15 inches wide and 10 and 1/8 inches tall (38x26cm)
Sheet number: 2/500
Date: Printed 2018
Signed: Hand- Signed "K. Nishijima" on the bottom margin
Condition: Pristine condition, never framed. Minor paper crease on the top margin which will be easily matted out.