飾って楽しむアダチの浮世絵 お客様インタビュー~浮世絵のある暮らし~ vol.2

Adachi's Ukiyo-e to display and enjoy Customer interview ~Living with Ukiyo-e~ VOL.2

Interviews with people who display and enjoy Adachi print reproductions of Ukiyo-e. The second installment is with Mr. Omata, a writer who lives in Kanagawa Prefecture. Our staff members were deeply moved by the rich sensibilities and words that connect the world of ukiyo-e with our daily lives.

In ``Customer Interviews - Living with Ukiyo-e'', we ask our customers how they enjoy Adachi's ukiyo-e at home.

The second time I spoke with Ms. Shoko Omata, a writer who lives in Kanagawa Prefecture. Mr. Omata purchased Adachi's ukiyo-e for the first time in the fall of 2020 at the exit sale of the ukiyo-e exhibition "THE UKIYO-E 2020" held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. Adachi's staff saw that he had posted a photo of Hiroshige's ``Saruwaka Town Night View'' and his impressions on his Instagram, which led to this interview.

Mr. Omata loves experiencing Japanese culture and craftsmanship. How do you enjoy the reproduction of Adachi's Ukiyo-e prints? We listened to a lot of stories.

We spoke to Ms. Soko Omata this time.
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Adachi was born on Awaji Island, so we had a great time talking about the island with the island-loving staff!

| Enjoy the scenery depicted in ukiyo-e "like looking out the window"

-Where do you currently display your works in your home?

Ms. Omata: ``My house is a multi-family house, and I live with my parents and relatives, but I display it in the living room (Western-style room) in the part of my parents' house where the whole family gathers.At first, it was displayed in the living room (Western-style room) where my husband and I live. I had planned to display it on the floor, but I also considered the size of the wall and the balance with the interior, so I settled on its current location."

-I understand that you have been displaying contemporary art in the past, but did you have any problems hanging ukiyo-e prints in your Western-style room?

Mr. Omata: ``I was able to display it without worrying too much.For example, I think it would have been different if it had been a large painting or something with a distinctive frame that limited the interior decoration that could be matched with it, but I feel like it would blend in strangely no matter where I placed it.'' Previously , I had the opportunity to learn that ukiyo-e was something that the common people of the Edo period enjoyed on a daily basis, and I was aware that it was something similar to product design, so in a good sense, I was able to take on the challenge without being too prepared. I feel like it .

When you actually display a framed ukiyo-e, there is a mat (cardboard inserted between the work and the acrylic board of the frame) cut to match the picture, which acts like a window frame and becomes a wall. It felt like there was an ukiyo-e landscape on the other side. It's like looking into another world somewhere... A window has opened that invites us to another world! That's the image . That's probably why it didn't feel strange to display it in a Western-style room. ”

-You have really wonderful sensibilities. The other side of the window...it's eye-opening!

Ukiyo-e prints vary slightly in size and frame, even among works from the same series. At Adachi Prints, the mats are cut to fit the size of the screen for each work. By creating a slight depth within the frame, the work becomes more beautiful.

| I'm glad to be able to enjoy ukiyo-e from the same perspective as the people of the Edo period in the reprint edition.

-Did you know about Adachi prints before purchasing the work?

Mr. Omata: "Yes. Through my work, I had the opportunity to hear from people who were knowledgeable about ukiyo-e and read articles, and that's when I learned about Adachi Prints. Until recently, I didn't know much about this world. I was overwhelmed by the historical background and techniques...It's a world that is supported by the skills of many craftsmen , including the original painters.The techniques have been passed down to the present day. I'm very interested in being there."

- Thank you! What impression did you get when you actually saw Adachi's ukiyo-e prints?

Mr. Omata: ``When I looked at the work ``Saruwaka Town Night View'' that I purchased, I was very attracted to it because I felt as if I was drawn into the work.I also thought, ``This was not painted, but was printed by a craftsman.'' When I thought about it, I was overwhelmed by his skill.The most important thing about ukiyo-e is that it was produced using the same techniques used in the Edo period, which is why the people of that time enjoyed it. I felt like we were enjoying it from the same perspective, and that made me really happy ."

| A work that will remind you of the excitement and excitement you felt on your way home after watching a play.

We will continue to talk about the ``Saruwaka Town Night View'' that led to the purchase of Adachi's ukiyo-e.

- Regarding ``Saruwaka Town Night View'', please tell us how you came to like the work and what made you decide to purchase it.

Mr. Omata: ``I've always liked moonlit night motifs, but it was love at first sight because I thought it was so beautiful.Also, the content of the painting is very nice.It depicts a night view of a town lined with playhouses.'' , I felt a sense of familiarity as I felt that there was a link between my feelings as I strolled along, basking in the excitement and lingering feeling of walking home after seeing a play, and thinking, ``I don't want to go home yet'' and the state of the world of paintings .

〈Saruwaka Town was a theater town where theaters from all over Edo City gathered. In the foreground, you can see the signboard for the Kabuki playhouse, Moritaza. 〉

The deciding factor was that when I was able to touch the actual prints at the store, and seeing the beauty of the prints in person and how deeply I felt about the theme, I instinctively thought, "I want to take this child home as soon as possible!" (Laughs) Also, now that we are not able to go out as much as we would like, I thought it was great that the sparkling liveliness in the story evoked the feeling of being on the way home after seeing a play. ”

―It's true that I also love going to the theater, so I completely understand the excitement you get when you see this work.

Mr. Omata: ``That's right! At home, my younger sister, who saw this work, said, ``We're staying at home all the time due to the coronavirus pandemic, but it's nice to be able to think about things outside when the painting is hanging.'' The two of us had a great time with this Ukiyo-e in front of us.”

Ukiyo-e depict familiar seasonal flowers and landscapes, stylish motifs, and people's daily lives. Perhaps it is precisely in these times that we can find joy in the landscapes depicted in ukiyo-e more than ever.

| Sympathy for “Zashiki Hakkei” that finds joy in the home

Mr. Omata: ``Actually, I recently replaced ``Saruwaka Town Night View'' with another work that I purchased together. ”

After saying that, he showed me Suzuki Harunobu's ``Kotoji no Rakugan,'' which is currently on display.

``Rakugan of Qinji'' is based on the traditional subject of Chinese landscape painting, ``Shosho Hakkei'', and depicts ``Zashiki Hakkei'', which depicts everyday life as the scenery of a scenic spot. ) is one of the series. The koto is depicted as an autumn evening scene with geese flying.

〈Beyond the shoji screen are clover flowers, one of the seven autumn herbs. This work depicts the kotoji, which supports the strings of a koto, as a flock of geese flying in the autumn sky. 〉

Mr. Omata, who purchased this illustration, said, ``I found it interesting that such puns were used.'' Also, there was a reason why I replaced it now.

Mr. Omata: ``I felt that ``Zashiki Hakkei,'' which aims to enjoy the scenery of the four seasons with things around the house, was very contemporary.So, I took the opportunity to replace it.''

As Mr. Omata said, I think that the subject matter of this work has something in common with our current state of mind, where we are highly interested in making the most of our "home time." They display Ukiyo-e not only according to the season and places they are associated with, but also because they sympathize with the subject matter of the work. The staff were also reminded of the diversity of ways to enjoy ukiyo-e.

| Make you feel closer to Ukiyo-e by displaying it

-Finally, please let us know if there are any good or unusual aspects of displaying Adachi's ukiyo-e.

Mr. Omata: ``I feel like I have become closer to ukiyo-e by actually displaying it. Previously, when I heard ukiyo-e, I thought it was something that appeared in history, and it felt like it was a distant entity. However, by displaying it in my home, it has become a part of my daily life.I was happy to realize that it is a closer presence and that we can enjoy it today just as people of the past did .

Recently, even though there are TV programs about ukiyo-e being broadcast, it feels very familiar to me, and I have become more interested in the culture of the Edo period than ever before, and I want to know more about it! ”

From beginning to end, Mr. Omata spoke with a smile about the joy of learning about Ukiyo-e. I was very happy to know that after purchasing Adachi's ukiyo-e, people are now enjoying the ukiyo-e, which they have always loved, by deepening their interest in the background of the work. Thank you very much for your cooperation in this interview.