Sentarō drew the pictures included in a woodblock-printed book entitled Sōmoku Etehon (i.e., Practice Book for Drawing Plants). Published in 1889, it included the twenty-eight pictures shown in this gallery. Click on a picture to enlarge it. Sentarō used a Chinese style of drawing, today called Nanga, in which the artist exaggerates certain features of living things to help reveal their inner spirit. Like humans, both plants and birds were thought to have an inner spirit.

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