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YUKO SHIMIZU

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Yuko Shimzu: Taiko-Bashi ["Drum Bridge"] - (2007)

"YUKO SHIMIZU (清水裕子) is a Japanese illustrator based in New York City and instructor at School of Visual Arts. Newsweek Japan has chosen Yuko as one of “100 Japanese People The World Respects(世界が尊敬する日本人100)” in 2009. Her first self-titled monograph came out in 2011 (Gestalten), second monograph Living with Yuko Shimizu was just released from ROADS Publishing of Ireland in spring 2016. Other books include: A Wild Swan (collaboration with novelist Michael Cunningham, FSG, 2015) and a multi award winning children’s book Barbed Wire Baseball (written by Marissa Moss, Abrams, 2013). You may have seen her work on The Gap T-shirts, Pepsi cans, VISA billboards, Microsoft and Target ads, as well as on the book covers of Penguin, Scholastic, DC Comics, and on the pages of NY Times, Time, Rolling Stone, New Yorker and in many other publications over last ten years... She works at her studio in midtown Manhattan, and fulfills her passion of world travel by giving lectures and workshops around the world and various cities in the US."

+ TAIKO-BASHI – Cover Art for 'The Word' magazine CD "Now Hear This!" (UK, 2007):
+ http://yukoart.com/work/the-word-magazine-now-hear-this-cd-cover/

"Soribashi is one of the representative structures of Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine, the largest shrine in Osaka known for gods of the sea. This bridge, also called Taikobashi, is a beautiful vermillion bridge measuring 4.4 meters high with a maximum grade of 48 degrees. This was used as a bridge a long time ago when waves used to wash close to this location. It is said to have been built by Hideyori Toyotomi, but one theory states that Hideyori conducted the repair work of the main shrine, and it was in fact Yodogimi, Hideyoshi's lover, who donated the bridge. Its wooden beams and deck boards require frequent replacement, and in older times, this bridge was maintained by shipwrights. The current Soribashi was completed in the 56th year of the Showa Period (1981), but the stone bridge posts and braces are said to have not been changed since the times of Toyotomi. This bridge is crossed for the purpose of cleansing away sins and filth before approaching the gods, and the reason that the bridge is so steep is said to be because it was likened to a rainbow since it connected the terrestrial world of humans and the celestial world of gods. Scenery of the main shrine viewed from this bridge is exquisite. Also, during Kangetsusai (full moon festival) held on the night of the mid-autumn full moon, waka and haiku are composed on this bridge."

+ Soribashi (Taikobashi of Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine):
+ http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/facilities/cat20/post_242.html

"The original bridge at the entrance to the shrine precinct was wooden and red in colour, completed on May 15th, 1182. At that time, it was called the red bridge. It was thought that the bridge connected the world of people on earth and the world of the kami. When the Kamakura Shogun visited the shrine, he would walk from this point. The wooden bridge was replaced with a stone bridge in 1697, and it was called the Taiko (drum) bridge, since its shape is similar to that of a Japanese large drum. However, that bridge was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of September 1st, 1923, and rebuilt in 1927. The two red lacquered bridges to either side of the stone bridge were restored in 1990."

+ 2-Taiko-Bashi Bridge 太鼓橋:
+ http://www.tsurugaoka-hachimangu.jp/precinct_guide/taiko-bashi.html

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