I am delighted that my new woodblock print, The Torii at Miyajima, or Miyajima no Torii, is nearing completion, and will be released May 1, 2003. This print is again very much in the shin-hanga style of the landscape prints and is based on an original watercolour done in early summer 1998, when I was on a trip to Hiroshima. When I went there, I was surprised to see that the Torii stands on a very shallow beach, as it was low tide. Having seen this famous gateway in innumerable prints standing in the deep waters of the Inland Sea, it came as a shock to realize that the waters weren't particularly deep at all! This edition will again be of 100 examples, as is usual with my dai-oban woodblocks (42 x 29 cm, 16 1/2 x 11 1/2 inches), and is printed on 100% mulberry washi from Iwate Prefecture in Japan. This print uses 27 printing stages to achieve it's effects of shading, including embossing in the water in the foreground, which is also over-printed with mica.