Detail: a beautiful version of Takehisa Yumeji's Snowy Day by Master wood engraver/printer Motoharu Asaka. It lives in the relief print room. Many thanks to Louise Rouse for arranging his visit and her talk on Japanese Printmaking. For those who missed his visit, his website is takumihanga.com (thank you Julie for the photo).
Yumeji Takehisa 1884-1934 - Collection of Cats Ca. 1920 - 30. "Neko Zukushi" (Collection of Cats). The very rare uncut collection of cat prints. The girl holding a black cat was Oyo, a lover of Yumeji. Yumeji Takehisa has been considered as the main figure who propelled “Taisho romanticism”. The dreamy, fragile looking girls Yumeji invented in his works were so popular during 1900 - 1930s that they became the cultural icon of the Taisho - early Showa era.