Sarah and Octopus/Seventh Heaven, 2001


Twenty-nine-color woodcut made from hand-carved blocks of cherry wood printed on Hosho paper. 

10.38 x 15.62 in

26.4 x 39.7 cm

Edition of 200

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

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    Oodako hana biraki (hiraki) siriizu:

    Giant Octopus Flower Opening Series is the title translated on the right vertical.

    Giant octopus opening flower series. (pun: showing a bare butt or blossoming flower.) Shiri is a butt and izu is to expose. But when you put the two together it sounds like series. This is a typical approach used by ukiyo-e artists who enjoyed titling their works and plays on words.


    “She looks delicious, if I eat her as she is. Perhaps starting from here? Wow! Feels like slippery nuru nuru!!!!” If I eat her in the way she is (meaning the way she is lying down), she looks delicious. (I--the octopu--wonder) if this is the area (meaning clitoris)? 


    Omaesan sou sou aserazu, clitoris notokoroo yuttukuri tanoshimasete okure. 

    Hey, you. Don’t be too hasty but (please) slow down. You should let me enjoy pleasure of the clitoris abundantly.


    “You mean this area, or much deeper inside here? How about here or there?!?!


    “Your suction cups are not at all dependable, but whimps. Don’t hesitate to suck me!”

    *Takonosukehichi is the nickname Masami gave to the giant octopus. It loosely translates as “Octopus Pervert Seven.”  Again, coming up with a name based on the combination of characters for what is going is a typical Edo style approach to language.

    Courtesy of Catharine Clark Gallery

    • Carved and printed by Tadakatsu Takamizawa, Ukiyo-e Research Center, Tokyo, Japan. Published by Masami Teraoka.

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