On October 21, two Denzen Award winners, Sae Oyamada (fifth grade) and Natsuki Fujiwara (eighth grade) from Sukagawa City, Fukushima Prefecture, visited the CWAJ Print Show where their winning works were on display. Originally, this invitation was part of the art program that was developed under CWAJ’s Fukushima Relief Projects in 2013.
The young winners enjoyed the wide variety of artwork at the show and told CWAJ they were highly motivated to produce more prints.
The Denzen Award Exhibition was established in 1989 to commemorate Aōdō Denzen, who was the first artist to produce intaglio prints of maps and anatomical drawings in Japan. The exhibition is organized by the Sukagawa Chamber of Commerce and Industry Youth Group and is geared towards elementary and middle school children. Hanga instruction and practice are extremely popular in Sukagawa, and the Denzen Award Exhibition receives over 3,000 entries every year.