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I represented our winters in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, with this etegami collage. It is constructed form various washi papers, and was inspired by a little poem written for children by the Japanese poet and songwriter Misuzu Kaneko (1903–1930). It’s the fourth in my Misuzu Kaneko series, which combines original artwork with my own translations of her poems.


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I am a professional Japanese-to-English translator and an Etegami artist. Etegami is a traditional Japanese folk art that combines thoughtful words with simple images painted on washi paper.

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  • dosankodebbie
    dosankodebbieover 2 years ago

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinover 2 years ago

    so interesting a design, Debbie. i like the layers of sentencing with your layers of earth.

  • I’m glad you like it, Sally. I’ve been trying for ages to represent this poem in an etegami. So far this one comes the closest to satisfying me.

    – dosankodebbie

  • mmargot
    mmargotover 2 years ago

    Is it correct to say “imari” patterns?
    This is so balanced and the poem is touching in it’s humanity.
    Happy New Year to you!

  • I’ve never heard of Imari in connection with patterned washi paper, but I do see some similarity between this washi pattern and Imari pottery glazes. We generally call patterned washi “chiyogami,” or sometimes “yuzen” when the pattern is based on kimono designs. But you may know more than I do. Happy New Year to you too!

    – dosankodebbie

  • Shylie Edwards
    Shylie Edwardsover 2 years ago

    lovely work!!!

  • Thanks, Shylie!

    – dosankodebbie

  • JanT
    JanTover 2 years ago

    Beautiful. (fav)

  • walraji
    walrajiover 2 years ago

    Excellent work.

  • Jane Neill-Hancock
    Jane Neill-Han...over 1 year ago

    Walking In A Winter Wonderland Challenge

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