A short story by Kris Kosaka (with my artwork!) was recently published in the fabulous Kyoto Journal (issue 79). These are the illustrations I did for Dog Boy, a story about an Ainu boy's first day in Japanese
public school. Breaking News: Now anyone, even non-subscribers, can access the story at the KJ website.
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.