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Woodblock print artist Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), who was born in Aomori Prefecture, excelled at works that portrayed the nature of northern Japan, including Tohoku.

His bold compositions and seemingly carefree use of colors often led critics to view the artist as impulsive. However, Munakata believed in maintaining respect for the great wonders of nature and always had a professional attitude toward his work.

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