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Mount Asama from the series Here and There in Jōshin'etsu

Moonlit Night at the Museum

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Mount Asama

from the series Here and There in Jōshin'etsu

by Asano Takeji, 1969

Mihonoseki from an untitled series of scenic views of Japan


IHL Cat. #1722

About This Print

A view of a very gentle Mount Asama, an active volcano, from the southeast.  Beyond the town, the remnants of an old lava flow are depicted. This print is one of twelve prints from the series Here and There in Joshin'etsu.  

Mt. Asama

Mt. Asama (2,568 meters) is a triple-fold volcano bordering on Nagano and Gunma prefectures. It erupted constantly from the geological age until 1281 when the current form of the mountain emerged after a large eruption. It has been growing at a faster rate since a massive eruption occurred in 1782. The absence of more imposing peaks in the surrounding area permits the entire mountain to be seen unencumbered while discharged smoke rises from the summit to be carried off into the clear sky. The north side of the base of the volcano features the Onioshidashi Lava Flow, considered one of the world's three finest spots of [volcanic] scenic beauty and is home to the Asama Ranch, where an extensive grassland area is located.

Mount Asama erupted in early February 2009, sending ash to a height of 2 km (6,600 ft), and throwing rocks up to 1 km (5⁄8 mi) from the crater. Ash fall was reported in Tokyo, 145 km (90 mi) southeast of the volcano crater. On 16 February there were 13 recorded volcanic earthquakes and an eruption emitting smoke and ash in a cloud 400 m (1,300 ft) high. Mount Asama continued to have small eruptions, tremors and earthquakes in February and remained on level-3 alert (with a danger zone within 4 km (2 1⁄2 mi) of the crater).

Jōshin'etsu
Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C5%8Dshin%27etsu-k%C5%8Dgen_National_Park

Jōshin'etsu, is a kanji acronym consisting of three characters which represent the former names of provinces of the area: Kōzuke Province (上野国) in present-day Gunma Prefecture, Shinano Province (信濃国) in present-day Nagano Prefecture, and Echigo Province (越後国) in present-day Niigata Prefecture.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1722
 Title Mount Asama 
 浅間山 Asamayama
 Series Here and There in Jōshin’etsu
 上信越散見 Jōshin’etsu sanken
 Artist 
 Asano Takeji (1900-1999)
 Signature 
竹二画刻 Takeji ga koku (drawn and carved by Takeji) 
 Seal
 no seal
 Date 1969
 Edition likely first  and only edition
 Carver artist
 Publisher artist - the prints in the artist's series of scenic views around Japan and of various cities in the western world, published in the 1960s, were originally distributed through a print collecting club (木版画 頒布会 moku hanga hanpukai).  
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 10 1/4 x 15 3/8 in. (26 x 39.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 9 1/2 x 14 3/8 in. (24.1 x 36.5 cm) 
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
8/28/2018
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