Tokushima, Udatsu no aruie (Udatsu House in Tokushima)

Koichi Maeda


Strong texture on thick Japanese washi paper. Absolutely magnificent print. His powerful and beautiful print brings very neat atmosphere always. Limited edition of only 80 prints. Sought after as collector's item rarely offered outside of Japan.


Udatsu is a fire prevention wall built on the border of two houses with soil, and cost much to erect. For that reason, only rich families were able to build one. The Japanese idiom Udatsu is not erected, which today is used to mean one's position or living does not get better, is said to have originated from this Udatsu. In other words, to be able to erect Udatsu was a symbol of affluence, and the town of Udatsu in Wakimachi shows the prosperity of old days. Art patterns are applied on Udatsu of each house, and the gorgeous decorations indicate the wealth of Udatsu merchants. Such merchant houses are stretched on a 400m-long street in Wakimachi, where history is alive. At sunset, street lamps gently light up the houses and create a different kind of beauty. In 1988, the area was designated by the government as one of Japan's most important traditional structure group preservation area, and it is also selected as one of the nation's most notable roads.

Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 24 and 1/2 inches by 18 and 3/4 inches (62 x 47.3 cm)
Image size: 21 and 3/4 inches by 15 and 3/4 inches (55 x 40 cm)
Sheet number: 6/80
Date: 2010
Signed: Handsigned in pencil by artist
Condition: Pristine condition with full margins, bold colors. Typical very faint ink smudge on the margin which will be easily matted out.


Collections: Koichi Maeda (1936 - )