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© Haruyo

1000: Yuiju (Haruyo)

A bride, in an exceedingly ornate kimono decorated with flowers and cranes, while yet more cranes in the background promise good fortune.

The title, Yuiju, is practically untranslatable: Yui is the "Bonds" of the series title, and ju is the character also read kotobuki and used only in a formulaic way, to mean "Good fortune" or "Congratulations." Perhaps this amounts to something like "Bridal fortune."

The artist Morita Haruyo studied both Japanese art and kimono design, and she combines these with elements of her own Western-influenced technique. (She travelled to London in 1977, exactly the year I [Brian Chandler] first came to Tokyo.)

Morita is her family name: she follows the tradition of signing - and sealing - paintings with her given name only.

Permanently unavailable
Discontinued November 2017
An Epoch puzzle: 1000 pieces; 50 x 75 cm (20" x 30")
Code: E11416 (11-416 on box)
Retail price ¥3000

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