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Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River in Gifu Prefecture Scene 2

Hiyoshi Mamoru (1885-?)
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River

in Gifu Prefecture Scene 2

by Hiyoshi Mamoru, 1953

Nōga taikan, Semimaru

IHL Cat. #1513

About This Print

One of two prints [see below] designed by the artist depicting the ancient art of cormorant fishing on the Nagara River in Gifu Precture.

 Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River in Gifu Prefecture Scene 1

Cormorant Fishing - A Brief History

This ancient art has been practiced along the Nagara River in Gifu for more than 1,300 years. It has a very long history in Japan and is mentioned in many ancient chronicles. The samurai warlord, Oda Nobunaga took the ukai fisherman under his patronage and created the official position and title of usho (Cormorant Fishing Master). The shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu enjoyed watching ukai when he visited Gifu City and also gave his patronage and protection to the art. He was so fond of the sweet fish that he had it delivered to Edo Castle in modern day Tokyo. The haiku poet, Matsuo Basho famously wrote a haiku about ukai when he visited Gifu to watch the cormorant fishing: “Exciting to see / but soon after, comes sadness / the cormorant boats”. 

Today, the usho fishing masters are the official Imperial fisherman of the emperor of Japan, with the sweet fish sent to the Imperial family several times a year.  



Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1513
 Title  Cormorant Fishing on the Nagara River in Gifu Prefecture Scene 2
 
岐阜長良川鵜飼 その二 Gifu Nagaragawa ukai sono ni
 Series  
 Artist 
 Hiyoshi Mamoru (1885-?)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal
Mamoru 
 Date
August 1953
昭和二十八年八月 Showa 23rd year, 8th month
 Edition  later edition; first editions are marked and are dated to 1951
 Publisher
Kyoto Hangain 版元 京都版画院
 Carver
彫 池田兼 hori Ikeda ken [Ikeda Kanekichi]
 Printer
刷 伊藤虎 suri Itō Tora [Itō Toraji]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - light overall toning; printers mark lower left margin; three tape remnants from previous mounting top margin; slightly trimmed right margin
 Genre  shin hanga
 Miscellaneous   
 Format  oban yoko-e
 H x W Paper  11 3/8 x 16 in. (28.9 x 40.6 cm)
 H x W Image  9 3/8 x 14 1/4 in. (23.8 x 36.2 cm)
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