The 2016 Gift Print
Each year as the gift season approaches, we select one of the designs from our catalogue, get the blocks out of the storeroom, and print up a batch specifically for this purpose. Our print this year is one that we have had available for a few years, but have never included it in this selection before. It is a design we have reproduced from a Meiji-era book illustrating various flowers and plants through the course of the seasons in Japan. It is a simple and clean design that shows the beauty of the Japanese paper to full effect ...
To make the print - which is standard Japanese 'postcard' size (15 x 11cm) - I carved the image onto blocks of mountain cherry, and myself and our staff then used fine quality hand-made Japanese paper to pull the impressions.
A special feature of this kind of print is the way that the printed lines get embossed into the paper. To see this in the way that the viewers of the old days did, one must turn off any overhead lighting and hold the print near a window or lamp. The light falling horizontally across the print will then highlight the embossments and allow the full texture of the beautiful Japanese paper to be enjoyed.
The gift prints are US$30 - including gift wrapping and packing as illustrated above.
We can mail to you, or directly to somebody on your behalf as a 'Gift from Japan'. The usual way is to include a slip of paper along the lines of: "For Ms. Happy Recipient, here is a small gift from Japan - sent to you at the request of Mr. Gift Sender", but of course we can use any message you wish to include. (At your choice, we can ship immediately upon receipt of the order, or can hold the package back and post it later for arrival in (say) mid-December.)
We have also printed up more copies of the images we have featured in the previous few years, our ever-popular Crane as Sunrise design, a stylized Mt. Fuji, a pair of birds by Isoda Koryusai, an imaginary landscape by Katsushika Hokusai, as well as his very popular carp design, and you can choose from these as well. Just select the appropriate quantities on the order form below.
Mailing deadlines: The Japanese post office has published this list of 'Guaranteed Mailing Dates' after which they feel that letters from Japan may not make it in time for Christmas arrival. I have no idea how accurate these are, or if they are being overly conservative.
- Canada: December 2nd
- USA: December 9th
- Germany: December 9th
- England: December 7th
- France: December 14th
- Netherlands: December 16th
- New Zealand: December 9th
- Australia: December 13th
(Packages sent by Monday the 19th to North America or Europe via the EMS air express service will have a pretty good chance of arriving in time, but that would have to be an 'add-on' option ... see the shopping cart for details)
If you like this idea of a woodblock print as a gift, but are looking for something a bit more substantial, please have a look at these ideas: