絵師: Okamoto Ryusei
作品名: First Love - 1-A
"Hatsukoi (A)". English title is "First Love #1-A". A girl in orange kimono from the series "First Love". Ryusei often recited the famous poem about the first love by the poet Shimazaki Toson while he carved the wood blocks for this series. He spent 8 years to finish the series, in which he tried to create the neat and clean image of his ideal beauties. He also tried to resurrect the thin flowing lines of the ukiyo-e tradition. Ryusei has been working steadily for the art of carving wood blocks over decades.