Ezo Mamehon 30
IHL Cat. #2638
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This issue of Ezo Mamehon was all about Japanese paper with fifteen paper samples including a stencil dyed sample from the Serizawa Dyeing Laboratory. Articles were provided by paper historian and bibliophile, active in the folk art (mingei) movement, Jugaku Bunshō 寿岳文章 (1900-1992). The cover illustration was created by Sekino Juni'chirō 関野準一郎 (1914-1988).
Originally published in October 1960, the inside of the rear cover indicates that this issue may have been reprinted in 1981 by the Oji Paper Company as a supplement to their quarterly magazine, Kami.
A Recollection from Junpei Sekino
 email received May 24, 2022
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Note: transcriptions and their translations below are subject to my error.
Profiles of the Artists
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Sekino Juni'chirō is one of the major post-WWII figures in the sosaku hanga (creative print) movement. He was born in Yasukata-cho, Amori Prefecture in northern Japan in 1914, the first son of Junzō Sekino who owned a wholesale fertilizer store. From an early age Sekino displayed an artistic bent and a fascination with Japanese woodblock.
While largely a self-taught artist, having closely studied available material on woodblock carving and printing while still young, he did study etching at Nishida Takeo’s Japanese Etching Institute and oil painting and drawing at a private painting school. In addition, starting in 1931, he studied intaglio printmaking and lithography with printmaker Kon Junzō (1893-1944), who considered Sekino "an artistic genius."
In 1981 he was awarded the Purple Medal Ribbon by the Japanese Government. The following year, he had a solo exhibition at Central Museum Tokyo and in 1987 he was award the 4th class medal by the Japanese government.
For more information on this artist see Sekino Juni'chirō 関野準一郎 (1914-1988).