Some of these can also be found in my online sketchbook. Other pieces were created especially for this page and do not appear in the online sketchbook. If you are interested in owning any art you see elsewhere on this web site, e-mail me at tokyoruss@gmail.com to see if it's available (click on the dots in the address to get the full address; I'm trying to foil spambots).

These are done on postcard size paper with a simple mat made of watercolor paper which has been folded double like a greeting card. These mats are very convenient since they will fit a standard 5 x 7 inch frame which is available in a variety of styles and prices. Remove the postcard from the mat and it will fit a standard postcard frame which is also very easy to find. I've discovered this is a very popular size since it only takes up a small space on the wall or bookshelf or mantlepiece -- or wherever people like to display artwork. A wall covered with original works at this size is attractive and fascinating, whether it is a den, restaurant or waiting room. You could find a postcard binder with clear sleeves. Postcard collecting is very big and there are lots of ways to collect and display art this size.

Many of these are drawings/paintings were done on location in the old part of Tokyo called Shita-machi (pronounced basically SHTAH-MAH-chee with the first i silent and accent on the first and second syllable, and basically means lower town) which retains the old down to earth feeling of the Showa era or even earlier. Residents are proud of Shita-machi and often come out to encourage me when I draw these buildings, knowing they won't be around for very long. Shita-machi shops are usually drab colored buildings covered with rows of potted plants and colorful signs and the short curtain (noren) at the top of the doorway to signal they are open for business. I also live in Shita-machi.

Ordering information can be found at the bottom of this page. I'll try to remove artwork after it is sold so that this page will stay fresh.




Fujiden

Monjayaki restaurant in Asakusa, Tokyo called Fujiden. Monjayaki is a meal the customers cook themselves on an open grill made of an iron plate in the middle of their table. It consists of batter of flour and egg with a variety of ingredients chosen from the menu.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Hamashin

Restaurant and pub in Asakusa, Tokyo called Hamashin.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Kawagoe Shop

Old converted storage building in Kawagoe, north west of Tokyo. This historic town is full of old shops converted from storage buildingsa (kura).

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Sakuradamon

Sakuradamon Gate of the Imperial Palace (formerly Edo Castle) in Tokyo. One of the more famous gates, being the scene of the assination of Ii Naosuke during the turbulent time at the end of the Edo era.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 5 13/16 x 3 15/16 inches (148 x 100 mm)

Size including mat: 7 x 5 inches (179 x 127 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Fish Shop in Mukojima

Old Fish shop in Mukojima, Tokyo. This is in the old part of Tokyo, part of Shita-machi.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 5 13/16 x 3 15/16 inches (148 x 100 mm)

Size including mat: 7 x 5 inches (179 x 127 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Old Shop in Kinshicho

Old shop in Kinshicho, Tokyo, part of Shita-machi. I sketched this on a Sunday afternoon and this shop was closed, but the absence of signs made me believe it had been shut down for a long time.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Old Sushi Shop in Ningyocho

Old sushi shop in Ningyocho, Tokyo, part of Shita-machi. Ningyocho means Doll Town and this area is famous for its Japanese dolls as well as old atmosphere.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Old building in Jimbocho

Old restaurant shop in Jimbocho, Tokyo, part of Shita-machi. Jimbocho is known for its old book shops and has a nice old atmosphere.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $40.00 USD (shipping included)


Hirakawa Mon at Edo Castle

Some of the detail of the buildings that make up Hirakawa Mon, one of several gates around the Imperial Palace (formerly Edo Castle) in Tokyo. Mon means gate. There is a long wall surrounding the csatle grounds, and several structures such as this one can be seen from outside the wall. This is in the center of shita-machi which derives its name from the castle. Shit-machi means lower town, and is the area in the shadow of the castle.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Soba Shop in Kameido

Old soba shop on a back street in Kameido, Tokyo, part of Shita-machi. Like most neighborhood shops, the owner's family lives in the same building, above the shop (one story buildings have the residence in the back). You can see the futons (bed mats) being aired in the morning sun from the second story veranda -- also a very typical scene in Tokyo.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 5 13/16 x 3 15/16 inches (148 x 100 mm)

Size including mat: 7 x 5 inches (179 x 127 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Fabric Shop in Nezu

Here's an old shop which has been around since the Meiji era according to the sign in front. It's called Chojiya and specializes in hand made fabrics such as tenugui (traditional handkerchiefs, much longer than the western version as well as bags. It's on a back street in the Nezu area which is full of old buildings.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Glass Shop Shop in Kanda

Old glass (windows etc) shop on a side street in Kanda, Tokyo, part of Shita-machi.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Old shrine

A very old shrine tucked away on a back street south of my neighborhood. Lots of cats roam around this area.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Kabukiza in Ginza

The national kabuki theater in Ginza which is scheduled to be torn down and replaced with a more modern structure. This is a historical piece of art as a result.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 5 13/16 x 3 15/16 inches (148 x 100 mm)

Size including mat: 7 x 5 inches (179 x 127 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Old restaurant near Toranomon

An old restaurant and landmark near Toranomon in Tokyo.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 5 13/16 x 3 15/16 inches (148 x 100 mm)

Size including mat: 7 x 5 inches (179 x 127 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Nikolai-Do

Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo

This is the main cathedral of the Orthodox Church in Japan. It is in the Ochanomizu area and is clearly the most beautiful church in Tokyo where there is not very much competition as far as church architecture. Naturally I've sketched it many times. In Japanese it is usually referred to as "Nikolai-do" (Nicholai Hall) after St. Nicholai Kasatkin who inagurated Orthodoxy in Japan. It sits on a hill and back in the days before high rise office buildings, it used to dominate the skyline. It was completed in 1891 and restored after the great Kanto Earthquake which destroyed the dome and interior.

I sketched this in early December on a perfect autumn day. I believe the leaves were at their peak. Later I went inside for a short time of quiet prayer.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)


Nikolai-Do Entrance

Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo

This is the main entrance to the cathedral of the Orthodox Church in Japan. It is in the Ochanomizu area and is clearly the most beautiful church in Tokyo where there is not very much competition as far as church architecture. Naturally I've sketched it many times. In Japanese it is usually referred to as "Nikolai-do" (Nicholai Hall) after St. Nicholai Kasatkin who inagurated Orthodoxy in Japan. It sits on a hill and back in the days before high rise office buildings, it used to dominate the skyline. It was completed in 1891 and restored after the great Kanto Earthquake which destroyed the dome and interior.

Brush and ink and watercolors.

Size: standard postcard size 3 15/16 x 5 13/16 inches (100 x 148 mm)

Size including mat: 5 x 7 inches (127 x 179 mm)

Price: $60.00 USD (shipping included)




How to order

Just e-mail me at tokyoruss@gmail.com to inquire about availability before making any payment (click on the dots in the address to get the full address; I'm trying to foil spambots).

I will send the item out within the week after receiving payment. There is no extra shipping fee, just the cost of the artwork itself. I will send the item out by standard airmail which usually takes a week or so to arrive. I will not combine shipping of these with other items I have for sale such as pens or yatate; free shipping only applies to the artwork since these are flat and fit nicely into an envelope.

High resolution reproductions of some of my artwork are available on postcards or greeting cards here. If you plan on buying any of these original artwork, please understand that I reserve the right to continue to offer the reproductions for sale.

Also, if you buy any of my art that is featured on this web site, please understand that I reserve the right to continue to use the image as it appears on my web site. It would become a pretty lonley place if I had to delete every work that got sold! If you want me to add a line to the image description saying "in the private collection of so and so" just let me know.

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