The man in the picture on the left is the 4th generation Otsu-e painter, Shozan Takahashi .
Otsu-e which is loved by ordinary people since the Edo era began to decline when Western culture was introduced and the inauguration of a railroad during the Meiji era.
But it was the first generation Otsu-e painter
Shozan and some of other painters that tried hard to pass down Otsu-e which was loved by ordinary people to the next generation.
Because it has a long cherished tradition,
Shozan's feelings about Otsu-e is strong.
The Otsu-e's shop is in a lovely old traditional Japanese house.
There are some Otsu-e from the Edo era, and there is the shop's sign which was used around the original
Enjoy having a chat with
Shozan about the fascination
of Otsu-e is strongly recommended.