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14 CWAJ prints adorn Kawabata book covers!

Shincho Library has selected fourteen prints from the CWAJ Print Show to honor the 50th anniversary of Kawabata Yasunari’s death. Kawabata received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1968.

A special exhibition of the fourteen prints is planned for the 65th CWAJ Print Show, which is scheduled from October 19 to 23.

[From the magazine Nami April 2022 issue]

“In honor of the 50th anniversary of the death of Kawabata Yasunari, from the end of March through June of this year, starting with Snow Country, Shincho Library will be re-releasing thirteen of Kawabata’s works with new covers.

All of the new covers will feature print artwork (hanga). The prints that Shincho Library selected for the covers were displayed at the CWAJ Print Show, an annual exhibition that introduces modern Japanese woodblock print artwork to domestic and foreign audiences. The quiet beauty of the Fushimi Inari Shrine and the nostalgic rural roads depicted in the woodblock prints perfectly complement the beauty and warmth of Kawabata’s literature. These woodblock prints, which are highly valued the world over, will breathe new life into Kawabata’s internationally acclaimed and widely-read works.”