Toshi Yoshida

Paper-makers shrine, Otaki machi

Colour woodcut, 1951

Mr. Yoshida was busy in his studio the day I visited, back in 1981, but his wife was very friendly, telling me about their work, and being patient while I selected a small collection of their prints. When I moved to Japan five or so years later I returned to spend a few weeks working in their 'atelier' downstairs.

This is the town where the famous 'Echizen Hosho' paper is made, and has been made for hundreds of years. The right-hand half of this print looks pretty much the same these days, but there is a convenience store on the left side now ... And there is no way that you can stand in the road like that - there are too many trucks roaring past!