Tokyo Corner No.2 - Original Watercolour
A series celebrating the everyday urban streets of Tokyo – looking at the old and new, the peeling paint and cracked concrete, the buckets, bins, bicycles, container gardens, studios, shops, gas and electric meters, pipes and drains. Tokyo is always changing, and yet always the same, and with my studies in blue I hope to capture some of my experience of wandering its streets.
Tokyo is full of small businesses – workshops, studios, ateliers, even small factories, tucked within ordinary looking streets, you can hear the sound of manufacturing taking place as part of the city soundscape…
This one is some sort of renovating/ remodeling business, I think, but with its upright pieces of timber reminds me of the once common timber and bamboo yards found in Edo (now Tokyo) which appear in woodblock images by Hiroshige, Hokusai and Hawase (although sometimes you have to look for them….)
Original watercolour and ink illustration on Saunders Waterford archival watercolour paper.
Titled, dated and signed in pencil on the reverse, with 'nakamura' [中村] stamp in red pigment ink.
Paper & Image size: Approximately 270 x 280 mm or 11 x 10 1/2 inches.