Issei made more than thirty woodblock prints of flowers and (or) birds during the last half of the twentieth century. Fifteen of these prints are included in this gallery. Click on a picture to enlarge it. Each print is almost square in size, which is a format more typically used by Japanese painters and calligraphers. Issei’s prints provide a close-up view of some common Japanese plants and birds plus a few foreign species kept indoors (e.g. print 4 in this gallery). The plants and birds depicted are easy to identify due to their large size and true-to-life coloring, although their shapes are somewhat distorted (i.e., angular rather than rounded). To see more prints by Issei click here.

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