1965. Item #90477
Okamura Kichiemon 岡村吉右衛門 (1916-2002). Iroha Emoji 伊呂波絵文字. 昭和40年（1965）n.p. self-published. A katazome hon 型染本 85 x 32.5cm string bound in fukuro toji housed in a chitsu with clasps 50 x 33cm with stenciled title label on cover. Number 32? of a stated limited edition of 30 copies. Signed by the artist. 44 oversize katazome 型染 stencils,  pages total, including index to the syllabary depicted. Birds, insects, fish and other charming creatures sit amongst characters in the Japanese syllabary, forming lines to complete the kana. The very size of the volume, along with the bold, bright colors, creates a sensory delight in the Mingei Folk Art tradition. Okamura Kichiemon 岡村吉右衛門 (1916-2002) was a leading artist of Mingei Folk Art and a renowned scholar of papermaking whose work is held in collections internationally and across Japan. He was a student of the Living National Treasure and well-known Mingei artist Serizawa Keisuke. Very light, faint foxing. Fine condition.