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Asakusa Kaminarimon

Ray Morimura gives a contemporary slant to Kaminarimon in Asakusa, Tokyo.

Kaminarimon which translates to 'Thunder Gate' is the large outer gate that eventually leads into the Senso-ji Temple. A giant red lantern hangs from the gate with the characters “Kaminarimon” on it. By focusing on the gate in the front of the image, Morimura emphasises the giant proportions. Along the alley leading to the temple are many food and craft stalls and the artist captures the lively atmosphere of the crowds. The image is traditional yet maintains the unique abstract style of the artist.

In collaboration with Hanga Ten, this is part of a series of prints celebrating the works of contemporary Japanese printmakers.

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Artwork details

Dimensions 59 x 43cm
Fabric & material Woodcut

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Service Update (updated 19 March 2020)

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Product story

“Even though some of the cuts are minute, I can start carving at any time. Printing, though, demands total concentration as a single hair or dust can ruin a print. For this stage, I usually clean my studio thoroughly and wait to begin the printing process until after midnight when it is quiet and the dust has settled. With prints, one can never be certain of the outcome until the final print is completed. There is always the unexpected, which makes it all the more intriguing.”

Originally focused on geometric-style abstractions, Ray Morimura was later inspired by Shigeru Hatsuyama and Sumio Kawakami, and began to study woodblock techniques. His prints show mainly landscapes, which allow more structural freedom in composition. Because his purpose is not to copy the landscape, he does not make sketches. There are times when he takes photographs of buildings, but only a few special ones are incorporated into his prints.

"Sometimes it takes years to complete a print. The outcome of the final print is often quite different from the original landscape. The reason being, the memory of what I actually saw and the images of shapes and patterns that I remember are all intertwined. As with Zen and ink paintings, I hope something spiritual, in a contemporary sense, can be expressed in these landscape works.”