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Island pilgrimage
© Ikehara Shôji

500: Island pilgrimage (Ikehara)

The "pilgrimage" of the title no doubt refers to the famous tour of 88 Buddhist temples on the artist's home island of Shikoku. Children lead the way for a couple of henro (pilgrims) on this path around the headland.


A Web search for "Shikoku pilgrimage" will find many accounts in English: here's one by Jeff Hackler

Born in Kagawa Prefecture (Shikoku) in 1939, Ikehara is an artist specialising in illustration for children's story book, but whose work has also appeared in TV manga versions of traditional tales, and on postage stamps. His style is simple, but effective.

He signs his pictures with a hand-drawn "seal", which is hard to decipher, but looks like the second character of his given name.

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An Epoch puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: E06023 (06-023S on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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