How to Look at Japanese Art series - A Crab Woodblock Print

How to better appreciate Japanese art? In particular, lets explore the meaning of the crab in this 18th C. Japanese print.

These kind of fine quality Japanese prints, known as surimono, were often made for festive occasions such as the New Year. They were usually commissioned by a poet or a poetry group and privately published. Although their subject matter may seem common, these prints are full of hidden meaning and subtle imaginative ideas, woven between the poem and image.

Nature and its patterns