Contemporary artist

Yayoi Kusama

Echizen Washi Reflects the Vivid Colors of Kusama Dots

Yayoi Kusama, one of Japan's leading contemporary artists, is known as the "Queen of polka dots". As a painter, she collaborated with the engravers and printers of Adachi Woodcut Prints on a project to complete a contemporary ukiyoe work.
A custom-made Echizen calligraphy made by the living national treasure Iwano Ichibei was used for this project, and "Mt. Fuji in Seven Colours" was printed.
Echizen Housho is strong and well-preserved, so it can stand up to layers of rubbing and is suitable for the characteristic polka dots and vivid colors known as Kusama dots.
The project was shown on the NHKBS Premium program, "The Premium Yayoi Kusama's Mt. Fuji: The Challenge of Ukiyoe Printmaking," on New Year's Day 2015 and received a great response from both Japan and overseas.

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"Mt. Fuji in Seven Colours" by Yayoi Kusama
Published: 2015