There has been a rising demand for an affordable English
language substitute for the JES (Japan Etegami Society) monthly magazine "Gekkan Etegami," which is both outrageously expensive and (obviously) all written in Japanese. So I've decided to put together a monthly English-language newsletter
devoted to the subject of etegami. I hope to summarize some of the more
relevant articles in the JES magazine, as well as explain the history, trends, and
techniques of traditional Etegami. I also want to introduce the works of popular
Japanese etegami artists and current etegami contest information. It
will be in the form of a PDF file, starting out at two pages per issue.
I hope to send it out by email attachment at the beginning of each month,
and it will be FREE of charge.
I hope to get the first issue ready to ship by October 1. If you want to sign up for a copy, send your email address to dosankodebbie (at) yahoo (dot) co (dot) jp
Etegami (e= "picture"; tegami= "letter/message") are simple drawings accompanied by a few apt words. They are usually done on postcards so that they can be easily mailed off to one's friends. Though etegami has few hard-and-fast rules, traditional tools and materials include writing brushes, sumi ink, blocks of water-soluble, mineral-based pigments called gansai, and washi postcards that have varying degrees of "bleed." They often depict some ordinary item from everyday life, especially items that bring a particular season to mind.