The tradition of ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” depicted Japanese contemporary life from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries in masterfully crafted woodblock prints. Artists such as Katsushika Hokusai and Utagawa Hiroshige came to exemplify the style, which frequently featured the goings-on in society, idyllic visions of country life, and picturesque landscapes. By the mid-nineteenth century, Japan was nearing the close of its secluded, socially regimented, prosperous Edo period. This shift also brought the decline of ukiyo-e, though notable artists maintained its principles in the twentieth-century shin hanga, or “new prints,” movement.
The thirty-two prints in this calendar span roughly one hundred years of Japanese printmaking, both before and after this transitional moment for Japanese culture and art. The selection includes everything from world-renowned works such as The Great Wave off Kanagawa to quiet images of birds on branches, ducks amid grasses, and trees against the moonlight. Each is in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Also included are an introductory essay; fifty-seven weekly grids and thirteen full-page monthly grids; double-page spreads of 2020 and 2021 yearly grids; a full 2020 calendar on the cover flaps; a list of international holidays; a world time-zone map; a 2021 yearly planner with US, UK, and Canadian holidays; and a personal information page.
This calendar was printed using soy-based inks on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Wire-O binding, softcover with flaps, 120 pages
Dimensions: 6 x 8.25 x 0.75 inches