Reader Collection > Exhibitions > Japanese Bird Art, 1950 to present day Part 6 Shikishi by 50 artists














Shikishi is the Japanese name for a paper-covered fiber board used primarily by Japanese painters and calligraphers for their art. It is relatively small in size and almost square (i.e., typically 245 x 275 mm) with a border resembling gold leaf.

Fifty examples of shikishi from the Reader Collection of Japanese Art are presented in this virtual exhibition. The Reader Collection focuses on flower and bird art so the fifty examples are pictures of flowers and (or) birds, each by a different artist who was active during the last half of the 20th century. While each artist had a unique style, their pictures can be grouped based on the level of accuracy they used to depict their flower and bird subjects. Some artists (examples 1-22) drew them objectively (i.e., accurate shape and color) while other artists (examples 23-50) drew them semi-objectively (i.e., less accurate shape and [or] color). Even when drawn only semi-objectively a species’ identity was unmistakable so its name is given along with artist’s name for each of the fifty examples. The size of each shikishi is 245 x 275 mm, unless otherwise stated.










1   Blue-and-white flycatcher (Cyanoptila cyanomelana) by Asao Hayashi










2   Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by Bungyo Nakatani










3   Narcissus flycatcher (Ficedula narcissina) by Hōshun Yamaguchi










4   Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) by Taisei Satō










5   Japanese bush-warbler (Cettia diphone) by Shunpō Oguri










6   Japanese bush-warbler (Cettia diphone) by Hakurei Matsuura










7   Japanese bush-warbler (Cettia diphone) by Yuchiku Kosugi










8   Japanese bush-warbler (Cettia diphone) by Ōgetsu Yamamoto










9   Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) by Shunsui Fujita










10   Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus) by Kōhō Shimada










11   Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) by Tadanobu Tajima










12   Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) by Tōse Moriyama










13   Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) by Gyokushō Matsuhashi










14   Domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) by Yōki Shimizu










15   Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) by Fuyohiko Yanagihara, 120 x 135 mm










16   Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) by Isao Kawahara










17   Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) by Ryōhei Kimura










18   Domestic fowl (Gallus gallus) by Hirozō Murata










19   Great tit (Parus major) by Kōun Mutō










20   Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) by Kazan Oshima










21   Red-crowned crane (Grus japonensis) by Masayuki Ōno










22   Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) by   Keigetsu Sugiura










23   Great tit (Parus major) by Keiju Imai










24   Common kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) by Kōgetsu Koizumi










25   Japanese bush-warbler (Cettia diphone) by Hiroshi Kuboi





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