Master Woodblock Carver
Ukiyo-e woodblock printmaking which blossomed during the Edo period—Japan’s indigenous cultural legacy!
Enji Takamisawa, (1890－1927) poured all his efforts into attaining the highest levels of traditional skill to faithfully reproduce and continue the tradition of ukiyoe prints, beloved by the world and which had a great impact on the world of art throughout the second half of the 19th century with Gogh, Monet and the European impressionists. Motoharu Asaka apprenticed under the guidance of his brother Tadao Takamisawa (1899－1985), and today continues to preserve the tradition and nurture new generations of woodblock carvers through his workshop, Takumi Hanga Kobo Fureaikan.
This workshop is located in a shitamachi (old downtown district) area, close to Shinjuku which still retains the warmth and closeness of this working neighborhood. Close by are the children’s library and kindergarten and little Sakura Park, loved by the local residents. It is a quiet and wonderful place to attend woodblock printing classes in the heart of Tokyo.