Posted by Anders Rikardson on January 08, 1999 at 00:28:45:
In Reply to: Re: Buying woodcuts in Japan posted by George Aar on September 06, 1998 at 18:27:31:
: : Does anyone have a recommendation for a place to buy woodcuts in Tokyo--contemporary or old?
: I bought a number of prints at the flea market at the Toji Temple in Kyoto (I believe it's on the first Sunday of the month - better check a tour guide to be sure). The flea market kind of does a circuit around Japan, one day at Himeji another at Osaka, etc., but it seemed to be the biggest and best at Toji. There is one dealer in particular who sells nothing but woodblock prints (alas, most are reprints) and he speaks fluent English. I do not remember his name, but he always sets up several tables with cardboard filing boxes full of prints on top, so he should be easy to spot. Even if you don't find any prints ot your liking, the markets are a great deal of fun (they were for me anyway).
Any one of the members of Nihon ukiyo-e sho kyodo kumiai - Japan ukiyo-e dealers association,
whose member are dealers of the highest repute and integrity. There are Japanese as well as foreign dealers.
It is extremely difficult to become a member, there are many hurdles to pass.
It is an officially (Ministry of Trade and Industry, MITI) supported trade organization others are f.ex. The Automobile Makers Ass., Ship Builders Ass., in all about 60 different associations,
You can buy with confidence from any of the members.
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