Published May 5 2020, by

31 Days of Asia – Artist Highlight

May 5, 2020

ARTIST: Ikeda Shuzo (1922 – 2004)

Born in the Akita Prefecture of Japan, which boasts wooden samurai mansions in the historic center of town, Ikeda Shuzo was a teacher and then an artist who specialized in woodblock printing. He created images of wide-eyed children engaging in typical activities for their age (such as playing Cat’s Cradle), and showcased the texture of the wood within his color blocked style evocative of the 1960s and 1970s.

Such carefree and playful subjects help us to acknowledge Children’s Day (holiday) in Japan, on May 5th.

Post written by Crow Visitor Experience Services Representative Meagan Severson