Weekly Yosh! #2 – 7/26-30

Hey all!  Sorry once again for the random leave of absence.  Summer vacation has finally hit in Japan, so I took off for a 5 day woodblock printing workshop in the famous Japanese handmade paper town, Echizen.  Here’s a few sneak peeks at the adventures I had!

1)  This poster, an advertisement for the Eiken Test (an English level test).  Notice how Japanese learning English are cast as the traditional hero, Momotaro (check out an awesome interactive version of the story here), with his animal companions, while the native English speaker is cast as the giant blue scary demon (whom Momotaro fights in the original story).  Oh, the understated irony.  It alternately makes me cringe and laugh.

Japanese English learner = traditional hero.  English speaker?  Giant scaary blue monster.  ^^;;;

Japanese English learner = traditional hero. English speaker? Giant scaary blue monster. ^^;;;

2)  One of my finished prints from the workshop!  I based it off my teacher’s t-shirt that had an illustration of a taiyaki on it (a fish shaped pancake filled with custard or other tasty things).  Hopefully this will lead to a series of funny food prints!

Radioactive pancake-fish, anyone?

Radioactive pancake-fish, anyone?

3)  This blackberry chocolate mousse cake.  Because nothing finishes off a week of intense arts and crafts like a little chocolate.  And the fact that you haven’t eaten a blackberry for 4 years!!

Berry, berry delicious.  Har har XD

Berry, berry delicious. Har har XD

~MS the Younger

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alissa Garcia
    Aug 06, 2010 @ 07:44:00

    Great job with the woodblock print! I was actually in Japan last summer learning about woodblock printmaking. Small world!


  2. lifeincolors
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 02:21:22

    I was there on a Fund for Teachers grant. I was video taping a woodblock printmaking demonstration by a Professor. Absolutely fell in love with it.


    • madsilence
      Aug 18, 2010 @ 11:17:19

      In the same town??? I’m telling you, the world is a small place sometimes… what kind of print was being made? More traditional? On solid cherry or pressboard?


  3. dmariemart
    Aug 25, 2010 @ 05:37:15

    I came across this weird but fascinating collection of weird illustrations by Gōjin Ishihar today. I thought you’d like to have a look – http://pinktentacle.com/2010/07/macabre-kids-book-art-by-gojin-ishihara/


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