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Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1903)

- September 16, 2018 in best of books, best of design, best of illustration, design, japan, japanese, ocean, ripples, sea, water, waves

Hamonshū v. 1, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] Hamonshū v. 2, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] Hamonshū v. 3, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] The three volumes above bring together a wonderful selection of wave and ripple designs produced by the Japanese artist […]

Hamonshu: A Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1903)

- September 16, 2018 in best of books, best of design, best of illustration, design, japan, japanese, ocean, ripples, sea, water, waves

Hamonshū v. 1, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] Hamonshū v. 2, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] Hamonshū v. 3, by Mori Yūzan; Yamada Geisōdō, Kyōto-shi, Meiji 36 [1903] The three volumes above bring together a wonderful selection of wave and ripple designs produced by the Japanese artist […]

A Collection of Fashionable English Words (1887)

- January 23, 2018 in Alphabet, japan, japanese, language, learning, translation, words

Japanese woodcuts from a series by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi”, showing images of animals, activities and objects each with their Japanese and English names.

A Collection of Fashionable English Words (1887)

- January 23, 2018 in Alphabet, japan, japanese, language, learning, translation, words

Japanese woodcuts from a series by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi”, showing images of animals, activities and objects each with their Japanese and English names.

A Collection of Fashionable English Words (1887)

- January 23, 2018 in Alphabet, japan, japanese, language, learning, translation, words

Japanese woodcuts from a series by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi”, showing images of animals, activities and objects each with their Japanese and English names.

Ha Bun Shu: a Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1919)

- June 22, 2017 in design, japan, japanese, ocean, ripples, sea, water, waves

Wonderful selection of wave and ripple designs produced by the Japanese artist Mori Yuzan, which would have found their way onto swords and associated paraphernalia, as well as lacquerware, Netsuke, religious objects, and a host of other items.

Ha Bun Shu: a Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1919)

- June 22, 2017 in design, japan, japanese, ocean, ripples, sea, water, waves

Wonderful selection of wave and ripple designs produced by the Japanese artist Mori Yuzan, which would have found their way onto swords and associated paraphernalia, as well as lacquerware, Netsuke, religious objects, and a host of other items.

Ha Bun Shu: a Japanese Book of Wave and Ripple Designs (1919)

- June 22, 2017 in design, japan, japanese, ocean, ripples, sea, water, waves

Wonderful selection of wave and ripple designs produced by the Japanese artist Mori Yuzan, which would have found their way onto swords and associated paraphernalia, as well as lacquerware, Netsuke, religious objects, and a host of other items.

A Fashionable Melange of English Words (1887)

- January 23, 2013 in Alphabet, collections, Images, Images-19th, Images-Engraving-Line, Images-Illustrations, Images: Miscellaneous, japan, japanese, language, woodcut

A Japanese woodcut by Kamekichi Tsunajima titled “Ryūkō eigo zukushi”, or “A Fashionable Melange of English Words”. The print shows images of animals, activities and objects each with their Japanese and English names. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) some spelling mistakes have given rise to some interesting new activities such as “Refreshiug” and “Cuting Rice”, and the “Gaot”, “Hoise” and “Tea Po”. The introduction of activities (including the very Zen-like “Looking Moon”) give an interesting take on the often more object-orientated Western equivalents. Also worth noting the interesting additions of “Cross Child” rather than simply “Child” , and “Blank Book” rather than “Book”. (This image has been “restored” by Wikimedia user trialanderrors and is housed at Wikimedia Commons. The original can be found at the Library of Congress). SIGN UP TO THE NEWSLETTER Sign up to get our free fortnightly newsletter which shall deliver direct to your inbox the latest brand new article and a digest of the most recent collection items. Simply add your details to the form below and click the link you receive via email to confirm your subscription! Name: E-mail: