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Winter scene
© Matsumoto Tadashi
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500: Winter scene (Matsumoto)

A striking composition, reminiscent of a classic woodblock print... near Yanaizu on the Tadami line

The artist tells how he took the train to Yanaizu, left the station, and found this footbridge providing a splash of colour against the winter monotone: it was then only a question of waiting for a train to pass.

This single-track, non-electrified line, joining East to West across Japan's mountain backbone was only completed in 1971 from Aizu Wakamatsu (Fukushima) to Koide (Niigata). It has escaped "rationalisation", because heavy winter snowfall closes the only road alternative.

Born in Kanagawa in 1973, Matsumoto Tadashi took an arts degree from Tohoku University, before pursuing a career in illustration. He specialises in the railway scene, and his work has appeared both in specialist train magazines and general travel literature. He combines attention to engineering detail with a warm evocation of rural charm.

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A Yanoman puzzle: 500 pieces; 38 x 53 cm (15" x 21")
Code: Y05915 (05-915 on box)
Retail price ¥2000

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