Exhibition showcase
Maison&Objet Paris

We exhibit our products
in the world's largest international exhibition.

Takezasado will exhibit the works in MAISON & OBJET Paris held in January 2017. We are one of the businesses in overseas market development “Kyoto connection” project in the category of craftsmanship including the leading traditional industries of Kyoto city.

Our target this time is to offer a new possibility and appeal beyond those of the past arts and crafts by displaying our processed paper works. They have been produced by our exquisite craftsmanship with woodblock printing techniques, which creates fine coloring and elaborate line depiction that are difficult to produce by digital techniques.
2nd of our attempts, we will launch large-sized woodblock printing Japanese paper inspired by traditional Japanese building materials.


Large woodblock prints -KENZAI paper series-

Large woodblock prints -KENZAI paper series-

The second launch of "large-sized paper for woodblock printing" handcrafted one by one by our craftsmen.  This time, we have focused on Japanese building materials that have been used for a long time in Japan.
 The materials suitable for its climate and living environment have developed as "Construction material - KENZAI".

Event report


  • concept

    Design concept

  • product


  • Event booth

    Event booth

  • Display


  • sample image

    Sample image



20-24 January 2017

Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, Paris, France



Lupin the 3rd has come
World-famous Animation dives into Ukiyoe

the Crown of Traditional techniques

Takesasado was responsible for the process of woodblock production of Ukiyoe prints "Lupin the third".

We have made 5 images of main characters wearing KIMONO and the scene of their chasing on the river. These pictures were created by the highest Japanese traditional techniques: woodblock printing, WASHI papermaking and calligraphy. Moreover, the signature of the author, "Mr. Monkey Punch" is written in "O-BAN Goren-ezu".

*Described in Japanese

Product information

大判 / 特判「水上捕物帖」 / 大判五連絵図
"Lupin the 3rd UKIYOE MOKUHANGA"
O-BAN / TOKU-BAN "Suijo Torimono-cho" / O-BAN GOREN-EZU

TAKEZASADO Online shop

*You can buy this series only in Japanese version site.


Exploration of Japanese woodblocks in the world

Study old techniques from sleeping heritages

Takezasado has launched a big project to discover the heritages from the predecessors in order to revive Japanese culture.

Most of the old woodblocks have disappeared from Japan and we had been losing the wisdom of pioneers. The drain of Ukiyoe in overseas fortunately contained not only prints but woodblocks themselves. We are sure they are still silently breathing somewhere beyond the sea. We dig out the old hidden ukiyoe and woodblocks created over many years ago. We elucidate a lot of sofisticated techniques and uncommon expressions from the important witnesses telling our historical culture to next generations.

The BEGINING -Reserch in Paris-

As the first attempt, we focus on France which has been deeply connected with Japanese art.
In 2009, Kenji Takenaka, the fifth printer of Takenaka mokuhan woodblock printing studio and the president of Takezasado, visited Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) in Paris. When he researched BnF collections, he found some old Japanese woodblocks carved with Ukiyoe design on their surface. Considering the motif, the quality of material and the extent of aging, he guessed them to have been depicted by Utamaro and Hokusai, the famous painters of Ukiyoe.

After leaving Paris, he began to prepare the inspecting system. First, he established an investigation team with researchers of chemistry and engineering, curators and other experts. And he learned how to print woodblocks without any damage from his master Seihachi Takenaka, the 4th head of Takenaka mokuhan. Seihachi reprinted the ukiyo-e by using three Utamaro's original woodblocks out of the extant four in the world. Then Kenji negotiated with BnF many times and got the cooperation of Paris city and Kyoto city to realize this project.

In 2015, he was finally allowed by BnF to reprint their woodblocks. BnF offered a woodblock colored with indian-ink as a subject of this research. It had been carved with the outline of "Bijinga" which means a portrait of a Japanese woman. According to BnF, it was made in Bunka era (early 19c), the latter part of Edo period.

He made prints by using the woodblock carved with main lines of the image before the BnF researchers' eyes. Takenaka had carefully selected printing materials, in almost the same state when it was produced, in order to avoid any damage. And his traditional woodblock printing techniques made this lady who was carved on it show herself as a ukiyoe print.


  • Curator & Takenaka

    Exchange of ideas

  • Event site

    Project site

  • Printing Ukiyoe


  • French prime minister & Takenaka

    Report meeting

  • Arrangement & woodblocks

    Arrangement plan

Survey Contents


the portrait of a beautiful woman produced in early 19c


Bibliothèque nationale de France / Kyoto city / Paris city / Kansai TV / Ritsumeikan Univ.


2009-2015 (Interval included)

The show is nominated for ROCKY AWARD

This project was followed by a Japanese TV show as a documetary and in the end of 2015, the show was gone on the air in Japan.
We are very proud to inform you that the work had been nominated for the Rocky award in category of Arts and Performance at BANFF WORLD MEDIA FESTIVAL 2016, which is one of the biggest media competition. The winner will be presented in mid-June 2016.

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