Silence: Catching Whitebait at Nakaumi, Izumo Province (cover) whispers its mood ever so softly, barely breaking the surface quiet. The ripples of the fisherman's rudder leave their trail as the water gently parts. A mere trace of aquatic echo emanates from the woodblock print, as though it speaks a universal language.
Oda Kazuma (1882-1956), Catching Whitebait at Nakaumi, Izumo Province (Nakaumi Shira-uo Tori), 1924, Japanese. Color woodblock print. 38.7 × 26.3 cm. Courtesy of the Toledo Museum of Art (http://www.toledomuseum.org/), Toledo, Ohio; gift of Hubert D. Bennett, 1939.252. Photo credit: Julia Hayes, Toledo Museum of Art.