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A meditating buddha site in the corner of this print, with a Japanese poem (waka) on the right handside (the waka also written by Munakata).
The works subtitle Damishagawa refers to the Damashi River; a river in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, where Munakata Shiko was evacuated towards the end of World War II. People believe that there is a water demon (河童) living in the Damishi river that tricks people; the term Damashi also means ‘deceive.’
An exquisite lithograph produced on a very textural Japanese ‘washi’ paper, published by Yasukawa as part of their collaborative calendar project.
Original Printing Date: 1948, (Litho printing date: 2020)