Delicate colors and shades are produced by many procedures.
Each cut of the block and every movement of the "baren" expresses the spirit of the printer.
Many colors are printed over and over again until the final printed work is created.
The print "Yougure" - "Sunset" required 14 blocks, but after that it had to be printed 23 times as one block was used several times for different techniques such as "Itabokashi" and "Gomazuri" and as in "[d]" where two different colors were used on one block.
We Japanese feel justly proud of our unique traditional woodblock print - which may use many colors and is produced solely with the fine wood and handmade papers of japan.Masao Ido