Created in 1881, Fireworks at Ikenohata
sets us amongst a silhouetted crowd just as a summer spectacle of pyrotechnics commences over Shinobazu Pond. Awash in a deep inky blue, the still surface of the water illuminates the atmosphere with reflections of window lights and soaring sparklers. A string of bright lanterns emits just enough light to glimpse a few patterned kimonos amid the shadows, while two distinctly brimmed hats nod to the rapid Westernization Japan was undergoing at the time.
Fireworks at Ikenohata is a still moment enveloped in anticipation—a sentimental gathering pressing pause on swift changes. These days we’ve come to cherish this sort of break in the chaos of the pandemic. (What day is it anyway?) While American culture typically associates such dazzling displays with the month of July, fireworks are an integral part of the Japanese Obon holiday (August 13-16), which has honored the spirits of ancestors for centuries. Today, Obon is filled with food stalls, festival games, and family gatherings. And in the spirit of reunion and remembrance, Fireworks at Ikenohata offers a timely pause to savor the waning days of summer. Read more on the blog!
+ Limited-edition, exclusive to 20x200
+ Museum quality: archival inks, 100% cotton rag paper unless noted
+ Handcrafted custom-framing is available
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Museo Portfolio Rag
8"x10" | edition of 10
11"x14" | edition of 150
16"x20" | edition of 50
20"x24" | edition of 25
24"x30" | edition of 10