Since moving to Japan in 1986, I have
made a 'nengajo'
(New Year card) every year. Making a hand-made New Year card is a
kind of hobby for many people in this country, and each year I look
forward to seeing the interesting cards that will arrive on January
1st from friends and acquaintances. In recent years, many of these
are made with the help of a handy little 'printing machine' that has
become popular, but the tradition of making them from carved
woodblocks hasn't completely died out.
For myself of course, being a woodblock printmaker
by trade, there is no choice - I have to make mine with woodblocks!
Some years I use a design of my own, and some years I 'crib' from a
classical print or painting. I enjoy making them, even though I do
usually get started a bit late each year ...
Here is a small 'exhibition' of the cards I have
made in recent years. I hope you enjoy looking them over.
Note: In response to the many requests I received over the years to make these prints available to a wider audience, I have put a number of them into a Small Print Collection, available for purchase, and some of them are also in my Mokuhankan print shop.
(click on a thumbnail to see any print at natural size -
From 1990 ~
From 2000 ~
From 2010 ~