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During the ten years that the Hyakunin Isshu project took to complete (1989~1998), my work was supported by collectors who subscribed to the prints. I made ten prints each year, and subscriptions were for a one-year period. Some collectors were satisfied with just one set of ten prints, and others went ahead and collected the entire 100.
By the time that the series was over, the subscriber roll had reached the limit of 100 that I had imposed for myself, and there were no prints 'left over'. But during the final exhibition of the completed series (in January 1999), there was considerable interest from viewers in obtaining prints, so I initiated a second printing from the blocks.
Because I printed this second 'edition' at the same time that I worked on my Surimono Albums it went quite slowly. I did about twenty a year, and it took me from 1999 well into 2004.
The only way that the prints differ from the earlier set is that they are better made - my printing skills have been steadily improving over the years! They carry the same identifying embossments:
... and of course, also my signature.
This edition is available only in the complete set of 100. It is not yet sold out, and if you have a great interest in the Hyakunin Isshu, you may still obtain a set of the prints.
We have prepared a beautiful paulownia wood box in which the series of prints is stored:
Each of the prints is carefully packed (not glued) in a protective folder, which carries a label identifying the poet (and the poem).
Many of the collectors who have purchased this set have prepared an 'easy-open' frame, and they keep one of the prints on display, changing it with another from the box as they choose.
The price of the set is 1,000,000 yen (10,000 yen per print, exactly the same price as the original edition). This includes all postage and packing costs within Japan (write for information on overseas postage costs) as well as the storage case, of course.
If you would like more information, or wish to order the set, please use the appropriate section of my Order Form.