Koinobori

Two vibrantly colored koinobori prints on white paper, overlapping. The top print is a blue fish; the bottom print is an orange/pink fish.
  • $40.00
  • 6×10"
  • 20

The red edition is printed on tan Japanese washi paper made from gampi fibers. Outline details are printed in black.

  • 24

The grey edition is printed on tan Japanese washi paper made from gampi fibers. Outline details are printed in black.

  • 24

The blue edition is printed with a gradient of blue inks on off-white cotton paper. Outline details are printed in black.

  • 22

The green edition is printed with a gradient of green inks on off-white cotton paper. Outline details are printed in a dark, nearly black, green.

  • 20

The pink/orange edition is printed with a gradient of pink-to-orange inks on off-white cotton paper. Outline details are printed in a very dark blue-purple.

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It’s a fish! It’s a kite! It’s a koinobori!

The koinobori (鯉のぼり) is a carp-shaped windsock, flown every year in celebration of Japan’s Children’s Day on May 5.

Multiple limited editions were printed using this pair of blocks; they differ in both color and type of paper. Click on an option above to learn about each print edition.

These works are original linocut block prints. Each work is handprinted using two carved linoleum blocks, the first to give the koinobori color and the second (inked in a dark color) to give the fish outline and details. All papers are hand-torn to size and the four paper edges showcase the whispy paper fibers. Because each print is a handprinted original, there will be slight variations between prints.

Each purchase is for a single unframed print.