We invited Naoto Yamazoe, a graphic designer and woodblock printing artist of the renowned Tokuriki Family's Matsukyu Publishing Company in Kyoto, Japan.
The Tokuriki Family has a long history of being official artists for the Nishi Honganji Temple in Kyoto, traced back as far as the Keicho era (1596-1615). Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-2000), the 12th generation, was one of the most highly respected woodblock artists of the twentieth century in Japan.
Around 1945, Tomikichiro Tokuriki set up his own publishing company, called Matsukyu Publishing.
Naoto Yamazoe, the head designer of the Tokuriki Family's company, visited many historic sites and wineries in Sonoma and will create our woodblock designs for our communities using Sonoma scenes and visual elements.
Naoto Yamazoe especially planned woodblock printing classes for our communities.
The classes were taught at the Sonoma Community Center in Sonoma and the Workshop Residence in San Francisco during his visit in December 2017.