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EDO 1603-1867

EDO 1603-1867

EDO 1603-1867

EDO 1603-1867 - Original Flash

"EDO" is planned as the first work from a project in which historical Japanese tools are reproduced as desktop icons. It's a work which attempts to take the approach of building a world inside the set one step forward. With much time spent on the pre-production research for the work, sundry media, such as explanatory contents, and introduction using flash contents, as well as icons, are multiply linked.

Fifteen types of icon are included and they are mainly daily tools such as toys, accessories, currencies, and so forth, and quick explanations of each tool are provided.

Nihonbashi at Edo Tokyo Mueseum

For Flash contents, "Nihonbashi Akebono Tabidachi-no-zu" from Utagawa Hiroshige's "The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō (Gyosho versions)" were used as preliminary sketches. The Flash shows a simple animated version of a day in Edo, and people in the animation have tools that are also icons. When the flash was created, I referred to the reproduction of the drawing, etc., which were displayed at Edo-Tokyo Museum, to re-draw Nihon-bashi of the original version in a detailed manner.

The characters in the flash are also those drawn in Hiroshige's diverse works. I drew them as if they were cel drawings using G-pens. The Hiroshige prints for the characters to which I referred include "Kiso Kaido Rokuju-Kyu Tsugi", "Kouto Meisho", "Touto Meisho", "Meisho Edo Hyakkei" and so forth, in addition to Hoei-do, Reisho, and Gyosho versions of "Tokaido Gojyu-San Tsugi".

Set Details
Requires: Mac OS X or Windows XP
Release date: May-10th-2004
License: Freeware
File sizes: 614KB / 572KB

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Albert | February 02, 2010 at 4:12:56 PM

truly Beautiful

verdiinpink | December 10, 2009 at 10:12:41 PM

These are wonderful works of art. I absolutely appreciate your effort into making this. Kudos.

Jac | January 25, 2009 at 6:14:03 AM

wonderful work!! I'm very glad I found your site. Thank you!

GFXman | April 20, 2008 at 7:16:36 AM

In my mind: Best Asian icons ever made. And Mikworks are one of only a handfull sites, there have been around for a very long time. Abig gratz here from Denmark. Hope to see more work for MW in the future.

Mikio | February 21, 2008 at 11:50:40 AM

Sorry, there aren't the *512 icons. But thanks anyway, Allan. :^)

Allan | February 20, 2008 at 5:50:20 AM

Beautiful work! Are there large versions (512x512 pixels) for use in OS X Leopard?

RM | December 27, 2007 at 9:46:17 PM

Very neat icons!! The website also simply great!

Jeannie | November 23, 2007 at 2:54:08 PM

very articulate and beautifully done... so much effort and detail.

Christine Walling | October 25, 2007 at 10:15:47 PM

Absolutely stunning work, you are truly skilled!

Nic Rimmer | October 10, 2007 at 9:26:14 AM

I love your work. They look so realistic!

Norz | September 28, 2007 at 6:04:13 PM

These icons are beautiful, thank you very much! :)

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