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The Unfinished Print

Nov 8, 2020

Terry McKenna is the owner and operator of the Mokuhanga School located in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan. In this episode of The Unfinished Print, Terry and I discuss sustaining a business during COVID-19, his own work, and how his school is run. 

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Show Notes: all links are hyperlinked. Just click!

Karuizawa Mokuhanga School , Instagram 

Richard Steiner - printmaker 

Ballarat Hakkei print set 

Ōmi Hakkei - this entire set can be seen here at Fuji Arts.

waterfall prints by Terry McKenna

Karuizawa Tourist info at

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan tourist visa info 

The koru is the sacred frond of the Māori people of New Zealand. Along with the silver fern, it’s use is considered to be sacred. 

To list the many non-Japanese printmakers of Mokuhanga would be too much for these notes. In my research I haven’t come across a definitive list, but one could begin with Annie Bissett, Ralph Kiggell, Paul Binnie and Elizabeth Keith,

Canadian arts grants 

The Japan Cultural Studies Visa 

Hidehiko Goto is a baren maker from Japan. Terry referenced his book about making your own baren. I have linked a YouTube video of Mr. Goto making a baren in Hawai’i at the 2017 International Mokuhanga Conference.

MI-Lab (mokuhanga innovation) is an artist in residence program designed to help promote mokuhanga and assist in its learning. The pandemic has affected Terry and MI-Lab and their main source of income, people.  MI-Lab has done some crowdfunding and will most likely do that again in the future.  If you can assist please do.

sōsaku hanga was an art movement of printmaking in Japan in the early 20th century. It’s main difference from ukiyo-e, and shin-hanga was its creation by one person, who carved and printed their own prints. Some famous sōsaku print artists were Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955), Kanae Yamamoto (1892-1996), and Saitō Kiyoshi (1907-1997). 

Dave Bull and Mokuhankan

opening credit background music: Living In A Ghost Town by The Rolling Stones (2020)

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