31 Flavors Invading Japan/Today's Special, 1982


Thirty-five-color woodcut printed from hand-carved blocks of cherry wood with natural dyes and with additional hand-coloring on handmade Hosho paper. 

11.06 x 16.56 in

28.1 x 42.1 cm

Edition of 500

Signed and number on the verso in pencil. This work comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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    About The Work

    Japan’s Ukiyo-e woodblock printing is a tradition that has been passed from generation to generation.  It is a collaboration among artist, carver, and printer, of highly technical skills and craftsmanship.  31 Flavors Invading Japan/Todays Special is the result of Masami Teraoka’s first exploration of that process.

    Blocks of cherry wood carved by hand were used to print the image in 35 colors on Hosho, a handmade paper.  The edition was printed at Ukiyo-e research Center in Tokyo, Japan, under the direction of Tadakatsu Takamizawa.  Mr. Hanpei Okura did the carving and the printing was done by Mr. Kanjiro Sato.  Tadakatsu Takamizawa is a noted expert in the field of natural dyes.  These vegetable and mineral dyes were used to create the subtle tonalities achieved in the print.

    31 Flavors Invading Japan/Todays Special is Teraoka’s continuing commentary on the “floating world.”  Ukiyo-e means “pictures of the floating world.” 

    Notes on Japanese (Jojuri) text:


    Center: She's about to lick

    Right side: A scene from today's life

    Lower right: Teraoka family seal (kimono shop)

    Lower left cartouche: Masami Teraoka

    Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery

    • Carved and printed under the direction of Tadakatsu Takamizawa by Hanpei Okura and Kanjiro Sato respectively at the Ukiyo-e Research Center in Tokyo, Japan. Published by Space Gallery, Los Angeles, California.

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