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General Notes

The shop is designed to give you the information you need to make your purchase, from choosing the products, entering your address for shipping, choosing a shipping method and selecting a way to pay. At any time up to the final payment stage you can continue shopping, change product quantities or delet products from your cart.

Depending on your country and address, you will have a variety of shipping and payment options.

You can log in to the website (existing students) or purchase as a guest. We only collect the information we need to send your shipment successfully. Our privact policy is here. All credit card transations are handled through Paypal, so at not time do we see or keep your credit card details.

Returns

If the item you receive is not as you ordered, please contact us. After the item is returned to us in its original packaging (at your cost) we will replace it or issue a refund.

Shipping Options

We provide several price levels using Japan Post International Shipping options. The availability and weight limits vary for countries, if a "No Shipping Methods Found" message appears, either your address has a formatting mistake or service is not available to your country through Japan Post.

EMS   Express Mail Service - the fastest and also usually the most expensive option. Tracking of your shipment is included in the price. Depending on the destination in your country this service might take 3 to 7 days.
This is the best service for speed, reliability and security. 
Airmail  Fast and slightly less expensive, tracking is not included. Please contact us to request tracking for an additional fee.
SAL  Surface Air Lifted - Reasonable and economical, tracking is not included. 2 to 4 week delivery time, depending on location within your country. Please contact us to request tracking for an additional fee.
Surface       Slowest and most economical, 3 week or longer delivery time. Please contact us to request tracking for an additional fee.
   

 Missing / Undelivered Shipment

We reccomend using EMS which includes a tracking service. Other shipping methods can have a tracking service for an additional cost. We cannot take responsibility for non-delivery / missing shipments due to postal services in your country.

Payment Options

 Depending on the country you are shipping to several different payment options and currencies are available.

Paypal Japan You can pay from any country with your credit card. Your local currency will be converted into Japanese Yen by Paypal, at their exchange rate, which will differ from the wholesale exchange rate. Payment using Paypal also incurs a 2.9% fee. Payment is immediate.
Paypal Australia      You can pay from any country with your credit card. Your local currency will be converted into Australian dollars by Paypal, at their exchange rate, which will differ from the wholesale exchange rate. Payment using Paypal also incurs a 2.9% fee. Payment is immediate.
Bank Deposit - Australia      Available within Australia, in Australian dollars only, you can pay by bank deposit. Use the currency converter to convert your order to AU$ while shopping or in the first stage of checkout. Our account details are provided after you complete the purchase. Once we have received payment in our account (usually 24 - 48 hours after you make the deposit) we will process your odrer for shipping.There is no fee for this method.
Bank Deposit - New Zealand       Available within New Zealand, in New Zealand dollars only, you can pay by bank deposit. Use the currency converter to convert your order to NZ$ while shopping or in the first stage of checkout. Our account details are provided after you complete the purchase. Once we have received payment in our account (usually 24 - 48 hours after you make the deposit) we will process your odrer for shipping.There is no fee for this method.
Yuuchouginko Japan    Available within Japan, in Japanese Yen only, you can pay by bank deposit. Our account details are provided after you complete the purchase. Once we have received payment in our account (usually 24 - 48 hours after you make the deposit) we will process your order for shipping.There is no fee for this method. Deposits between JP Bank accounts are usually free, but making the deposit from a different bank may incur a fee from your bank.

Completing Your order

Once you have finished creating your order and you have either paid by credit card or internet banking we will process your order as soon as we are able. If there is a delay (usually waiting for stock) we will let you know. Once your order is posted we will also send another email notyfying you of this.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

 

Step by Step Guide to Using the Shop

This is a guide about using our website to select and buy the Mokuhanga materials, tools and equipment for your printmaking practice.

Browse products and select items

Browse the different categories and products to find what you want. Each product has an individual short description with relevant information which you can see by clicking on the product image or title.

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Click on the Product to view more, or on the 'Add To Cart" button to add the product to your shopping cart directly.

You can change quantities, delete products from your cart, or continue shopping at any stage.

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You can change the currency didplayed from Japanese Yen (default) to either Australian or New Zealand dollars. Other currencies are not accepted for payment, so cannot be diplayed.

When ready, click on "Proceed to Checkout' and your shopping cart will be displayed.

Checkout - step 1

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 At this stage you will need to enter your shipping address, either by logging in or entering your details as a guest. If you are a registered student logging in for the first time in the shop, a pop-up will ask for your address details.

You can still change the currency diplayed - the module is now at the bottom of the page. You can also continue shopping, change quanitities or delete items from the cart.

Step 2 - Shipping options

After clicking on the "Next" button the following details will display

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Check your shipping address is correct, edit or add a new address if needed.

You can select the shipping method that suits. Depending on your order and shipping address / country all available options are displayed.

The order details are in the bottom half of the page, as well as the "Next" button for moving to payment options. The "Paypal Fee" is included by default at this step, on the next page fee-free payment options may be available.

Step 3 - Payment Options

After clicking "Next" the available payment options will be displayed.

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 You can change payment methods to suit. You can see the fee for the Paypal payment method here. When ready, review your order details at the bottom of the page.

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 Then click "Finish". If you are paying by Paypal, you will be directed to the Paypal payment portal to complete the payment. If Bank deposit is available, the deposit details will be displayed.

You will receive an automatic confirmation email at the email address you have entered which contains the details of your order. Once we have confirmed payment we will process and ship your order as soon as we can.

Thanks for shopping with us!

 

 

 

What is Mokuhanga?

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Detail of traditional print "Haru Nano Higashi Genji" by Kunichika Toyohara

 

Mokuhanga is the traditional water based printing technique, originating in China and perfected in Japan.

A print is created through design, carving blocks for each colour, then printing each colour successively until the print edition is completed.

 

Mokuhanga is the Japanese word for wood block print. The Japanese characters 木版画 are 木 wood, 版 block and 画 picture.

 

In Japan its meaning is the print itself, but in general contemporary use it means both the print and the technique. Mokuhanga is growing in popularity worldwide as learning becomes more accessible to people outside of Japan.

 
 

 

Kunisada Printmaking tripty

 

 

 

Mokuhanga is chemical free, non-toxic, environmentally friendly, uses relatively simple hand tools and equipment and requires little space to produce beautiful work. The natural beauty of the materials - wood, pigment and hand-made paper are all retained and enhance each other. A great choice for Artists or any creative person!

 

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Terry McKenna Mokuhanga

This is a short video showing teacher Terry McKenna making one of his mokuhanga...

You can find more about Terry's work on his dedicated website at www.egaku.com.au

Kyoto Mokuhanga & Tokyo Ukiyo-e Tours

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are you running classes at later dates?

Yes! Our aim is to make Mokuhanga popular and accessible in Australia, so we would like to run as many courses as we can. This means repeating workshops and weekly courses. If you can't make an already scheduled weekend or weekly time, keep in touch by email, or keep watch on the website for upcoming courses as they are announced.

Do I have to make a Japanese style print?

No - you can make any style of image you prefer! Although the technique is "Traditional Japanese", your image can be anything you like, from realistic to abstract, single colour to multi colour..

 

The technique and medium lends itself to certain kinds of images - simplified imagery with clear blocks of colour is easiest to achieve for the beginner and fine lines and complicated combinations is better for the more experienced mokuhanga artist.

 

For your first print we will stress the importance of starting simply, as it is easy to become frustrated with a complicated piece in the beginning as you are just coming to terms with carving and printing.

 

 

I have some lino tools, are they OK to use?

Yes and er... no, it depends on the quality of the tools. You can carve with any tools that are sharp enough, and the Shina plywood we supply is relatively soft and easy to carve. With the cheapest tools it is not possible to get a sharp edge and you will soon become frustrated with these. It is better to use tools of higher quality - you will get better results, carving will be easier and more enjoyable, and you will progress quicker.

 

By all means bring the tools you have to a course and we can look at them and give our opinion. In course you can trial the student sets we sell and see if they are suitable for you.

 

 

My hands are not strong, can I carve the wood?

Some older people with weak hands or people with physical problems (such as RSI) find the intensive carving work difficult. If you are not used to using your hands, a weekend workshop can leave your hands tired / sore from holding and pushing the chisels.

 

If you think it is a problem you will need more time and less pressure to complete the carving and a weekly workshop might be more suited for you. The Shina plywood is relatively soft and with care you can carve a simple project. In the workshop we also have some time to assist your carving.

 

In the end it is your decision if you would like to try.

Will it take long to become good at Mokuhanga?

How long... well it depends how much you practice like every kind of skill. You could do one course to get the basics and then practice on your own, continuing to make your own mokuhanga, or you could do several courses and move on to more advanced levels. In reality it will take some time to fully grasp the fundamentals, become competent and consistent. Also you may have an existing skill set that you can apply - printmaking skills, art skills with other media, woodworking skills..

 

So, sorry there is no easy answer.

 

If you have never printed before it is realistic to aim for a simple, finished print from one course, but you will then need further practice or courses to develop the skills you need to make multi-colour prints with quality printing and registration and few or no errors.