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Tōjinbō

Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Printed Postcard

Tōjinbō 東尋坊

(set of six scenic views)

by Itō Nisaburō, c. 1960s

Arashiyama, Spring Scenery


Folder
IHL Cat. #2530

About These Postcards

Six woodblock-printed postcards designed by Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001), issued by Tōkōsha. It is likely these undated postcards were issued at about the same time as the postcard set Kurobe Gorge (IHL Cat. #2529), also designed by Itō Nisaburō

Each card carries the artist's "nisa" 二三 seal.

 
東尋坊大池
Tōjinbō Ooike
IHL Cat. #2530a
 
東尋坊大池
Oike Abyss Tojinbo

 
東尋坊奇勝
Fine Scenery of Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530b
 
東尋坊奇勝
A Cliff of Unique Beauty "Tojinbo"



東尋坊 千畳敷
Senjō-jiki, Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530c

千畳敷
Senjyo-Jiki Grand Rock Plain, Tojimbo

 
東尋坊 三段
Sandan heki, Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530d
 
三段岩
Sandan-Iwa Precipitous Cliff, Tojimbo


東尋坊夕陽
Sunset, Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530e
 
東尋坊の夕陽
A Sun-set Scene of Tojimbo

 
東尋坊 雄島
Ojima (aka Oshima and O Island), Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530f
 
雄島
O-Jima Island. Tojinbo

About Tōjinbō
The Tōjinbō Cliffs are a Nationally Designated Place of Scenic Beauty composed of rare, pillared pyroxene andesite joints resultant from magma that cooled and hardened along the Echizen coastline, then was further shaped by being buffeted by ocean waves over the course of millions of years.

The cliffs derive their name from a legendary Buddhist monk from nearby Heisenji Temple (Katsuyama City), Tōjinbō, who was thrown from the cliffs to his death for his immoral behavior and carousing.

Oshima, long revered locally as the “Island of the Gods,” is home to an evergreen forest of Japanese cedar and cinnamon trees. Ominato, the Shinto god enshrined there, is celebrated every year during Oshima Festival, which boasts a 1400-year history.


Details

 IHL Catalog #2530 (#2530a-f)
 Title Tōjinbō woodblock prints of scenic spots 東尋坊 竒勝 木版画 
 Series set of six woodblock print postcards
 Artist 
 Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal
"nisa" seal 二三 (on each postcard near title)
 Publication Date after 1963, likely before 1970
 Edition unknown
 Publisher
Tōkōsha
 Printer 
 Impression excellent 
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - minor wear to postcard folder
 Miscellaneous 
 Genre shin hanga (new prints); ehagaki (picture postcard)
 Format 
 H x W Paper folder closed: 7 1/2 x 4 11/16 in. (19.1 x 11.9 cm)
 each postcard: 5 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (14.4 x 10.5 cm)
 H x W Image 
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
7/25/2021 created
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