In our earlier post remembering Fu Takenaka we mentioned that publisher Unsodo was considering printing posthumous editions of her work. The first of these, Bunnosuke Chaya Kara, has been published since and can be found here. The works were intended to be published in editions of 200 and the newer prints simply follow the numbering, and will stop once the total of prints for a design reaches 200.
Below are two prints of Bunnosuke Chaya Kara next to each other. On the left a lifetime edition, signed by Fu Takenaka herself. On the right a posthumous edition, still numbered but not signed. Though there are clear differences, it is quite delightful to see how well the printer of Unsodo succeeded in staying true to Fu Takenaka’s unique style and to know that more prints are to come. Among these will most likely be further prints of one of her best works, Kinkaku-ji temple, late winter.