When I was sorting through some things recently, part of making space for my new nest in The Buttery, I found this delightful set of Japanese postcards. I can’t remember where or when I bought them. But I do know that I have had them for a long time. There is no question of my actually using them as postcards – they are too nice to do anything with other than look at!
Here is a picture of the pack folded out. As usual, you can click on the image for a closer look, particularly if you want to read the blurb on the inside leaf, which gives some brief information about the background to these images.
And here is a selection of some of the 30 images in the pack. I could easily have copied every single one. But these are among my favourites – ones which struck me as being particularly beautiful, interesting and/or noteworthy.
Having rediscovered this pack, I was interested to come across this article about the availability online of many 19th Century Japanese woodcuts, courtesy of Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum. What an amazing resource this is. I can see myself spending many a happy hour browsing through these wonderful pictures. Here is just one as a taster…