Nippon Club in NY

Nippon Club in Ny announces the event will hold on 8th November, 2017 that includes an exhibition by Sususmu Notomi, violin play by Mari Kimura and a lecture about "History of Blue & Edo Prussian Blue" by Jun Shirasu.




Tsubaki Display

Camellia tiles will be displayed together with "Japoneira", skin care oil products by Tsubaki. Co. from 26th Oct to 1st Nov, Fuchu Isetan-Mitsukoshi, Tokyo.


Jun Shirasu and Portuguese Azulejos

"Jun Shirasu and Portuguese Azulejos"

Period: Tuesday 27th September - Thursday 6th October, 2016
Close on Monday
Opening reception with Portuguese vinhos: 18:00-20:00 Saturday 1st October
Admission free

B-gallery   Nishi Ikebukuro 2-31-6, Toshima-ku, Tokyo Tel&fax. 03-3989-8608
www.Bgallery.info    email@Bgalleryinfo

The show includes Shirasu's latest "Camellia" series. The show also features tiles of workshop participants, students from Kodaira dai 4 primary school etc. It is consisted by almost two hundreds azulejos.

Map   http://www.shirasstudio.com/news-2015

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Hand fan workshop in Macau Art Museum

Hand fan workshop in Macau Art Museum

Date & hours: 2:00 - 5:00 (GMT) , 10:00 - 13:00 (Macau), 11:00 - 14:00 (Tokyo)
Sat 28th & Sun 29th November, 2015

Venue:Macau Art Museum Printmaking Studio 
Lecturer:Jun Shirasu

The workshop participants will print their etching plate by Prussian blue and paste on hand fan frames. This is an official programme of Macau International Printmaking Triennial 2015.

The live streaming is accessible 


The historic back ground "Edo Prussian blue" will be lectured during the workshop hours.

As this is our first live streaming trial, the picture might be interrupted by technical problems. Sorry for inconvenience in advance.   


How to print Etching Aquatint Bag

My Youtube clip shows you how to print etching, aquatint on cotton bag.

Before start, please prepare: Cotton bag, Etching ink, Printing paper, Tissue paper and your plate

1.Ink on your plate. Here I use Charbonnel Prussian blue oil based.

2.Bag can be slightly wet. Insert a wet printing paper, appx 250-300g/, together with a sheet of  tissue paper. They work as inner cushion.

3.Place the bottom of bag ahead towards the press cylinder.

4.Spread a towel near by the bag handles as it absorbs squeezed water. This protect the          blanket from damping.

5.Then press the bag. Take the inner paper out from the bag. Go out to the street with your art!

Here the copperplate is electroplated by chrome which makes the surface strong enough to make hundreds edition, although you can print your bag without chrome surface.
You could ask your local professionals and also about price.

You can wash the bag by machine but not by a longer time mode. Frequent use of your bag can deteriorate the image by fading, although the nature of the pigment lasts for many years and colour fastness is not caused if it were used as vase mat and so on.

Here these bags are available in my web shop.


EDO Prussian Blue


 Diesbach in Berlin invented Prussian blue in 1706. It spread fast over the world, via Holland, and arrived and was started using by Ukiyo-e artists in the early 19th century. This pigment and hue changed strategy for Hokusai, Eisen, Hiroshige and Utagawa school artists. This text profiled images through digital data bases from the word museums and galleries and followed transition of the spread of the blue and the birth of masterpieces from end of Bunsei to Tempo period (1829-1831.)  

I would very much appreciate to all resources and authors that brought me the initial perspective over this investigation. Not necessary to say this text is owning a lot by their endeavours. Names and references are all marked in the quotations at each paragraph.


Download WORD text which has hyperlink to each image. Please visit here to jump to download page at SHIRAS STUDIO web site.  

Fan is also available at Garden Aquatics Etsy Shop.