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Actor Otani Oniji as Edohei
Japanese Woodblock Print Repro
Wall Scroll

Actor Otani Oniji as Edohei - Japanese Woodblock Print Repro - Wall Scroll

Approximate Measurements

Artwork Panel: 30cm x 46.4cm  ≈  11¾" x 18¼"

Silk/Brocade: 39.4cm x 104cm  ≈  15½" x 41"

Width at Wooden Knobs: 48.4cm  ≈  19"

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Actor Otani Oniji as the footman Edohei


Actor Otani Oniji as Edohei - Japanese Woodblock Print Repro - Wall Scroll close up view

Close up view of the artwork mounted to this silk brocade wall scroll

This depicts kabuki actor Otani Oniji as the servant Edohei in mid-pose in play "恋女房染分手綱" or "Beloved Wife's Dyed (colorful) Reins."

Tōshūsai Sharaku is probably the most unknown of all Ukiyo-e artist. Sharaku's year of birth, death, or where he came from has not been definitively determined by any historian or researcher. He was active for a short period of time between 1794 and 1795. His artwork was not well-received at the time because of his realistic style (showing blemishes of his subjects, and not glamorizing anything). As generations passed by, his work became extremely sought after for its accuracy and realism.

Original artist: Tōshūsai Sharaku 東洲斎写楽.
Original woodblock was created in Japan, around June of 1794.

I created this print using some really fibrous handmade paper. You will see husks and fibers in the paper. The dye-based inks should give you good longevity if you don't hang this in direct sunlight.

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Mar 3rd, 2018

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Gary's random little things about China:

Where's my soy sauce?

When you sit down to eat at a restaurant in China, you will almost never see a bottle of soy sauce on the table like you might at a Chinese restaurant in the USA or UK.
In Chinese cooking culture, soy sauce is a seasoning reserved for use in the kitchen.
The fact that soy sauce can be found at Chinese restaurants outside of China probably comes from westerner confusion between Japanese food and Chinese food.
The most popular Japanese food outside of Japan is sushi, which of course is always served with soy sauce. This is the most likely reason that soy sauce migrated out of the kitchen on onto the table at your Chinese restaurant in the west.

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