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Gion Shinbashi Neighborhood from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Gion Shinbashi Neighborhood from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, after 1953


IHL Cat. #804
(not mounted on backing paper with small margins on 3 sides)

IHL Cat. #2193
(print is trimmed to image and mounted on portfolio heavy backing paper)

About This Print

One of twelve small-size prints (approx. 5 x 6.5 in.) from the portfolio titled New Famous Places of Kyoto (志ん京都名所 Shin Kyōto meisho), designed by the artists Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977) and Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)*, and published by the New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society (新京都名所刊行会).

The two artists often collaborated and the publishing entity New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society, is likely a construct of the two artists.

This print provides us with a view of a small bridge over the Shirakawa river in Gion Shinbashi.  A kimono clad woman on the right enters the frame with umbrella in hand on this rainy day.  

The top print above appears never to have been mounted and inserted into the complete portfolio, as it maintains small margins and is not backed and the bottom print, pasted onto a heavy backing paper, has been removed from the original portfolio. 

* It is unclear if Tokuriki actually designed any of the prints themselves as all the prints carry some version of Kamei's artist seal.

The Complete Portfolio


Six or more of the print designs in this portfolio seem to have also been issued at another time, possibly printed using different blocks. The website of The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online contains six of these prints, with each print visibly different from the prints in this collection. As with this collection's prints, their prints are not dated, but they attribute the prints to Kamei Genbei, a name used by Kamei after 1953, which helps narrow the publication dates to post-1953. 

Comparison of the Two Editions
 This Collection's Print IHL Cat. #804Print from the website of The Agency of Cultural Affairs 
版画集 『新京都名所 [New Famous Places of Kyoto]』 原画 5 
 祇園新橋附近  [Gion Shinbashi Neighborhood]
はんがしゅう しんきょうとめいしょ げんが 5 ぎおんしんばしふきん
亀井 玄兵衞 (かめい げんべい) [Kamei Genbei (1901-1977)]
制作年不詳 [production year unknown]
本紙12.4×15.8cm [4.88 x 6.22 in.] /ページ寸22.8×27.8 cm [size of page print is mounted on.]
The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online
[from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama]
http://bunka.nii.ac.jp/SearchDetail.do?heritageId=221433

Gion Shinbashi

Source: Kyoto Travel Guide website http://www.kyotokanko.co.jp/en/gion/shiseki/shinbashi.html
Gion Shinbashi is specified as a "traditional building preservation district".  Its history goes back to the early Edo period when a road, Nawate-dori, was built westward from the Sanmon-Gate in Chion-in Temple, passing through six towns in Gion and spanning a bridge downstream of Shirakawa.

Gion Shinbashi today - bridge over Shirakawa River

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #804 and #2193
 Title  Gion Shinbashi Neighborhood 祇園新橋附近
 Series  New Famous Places of Kyoto 志ん京都名所
 Artist
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 Signature
 not signed
 Seal
artist's "Tō" seal
 Date  after 1953
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher
 新京都名所刊行会 New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society
 Impression  #804 and #2193: excellent
 Colors  #804: fair - fading; #2193: excellent
 Condition  #804: fair - foxing throughout
 #2193: excellent (mounted to original portfolio backing)
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  yotsugiri
 H x W Paper  #804: 5 1/16 x 6 9/16 in. (12.9 x 16.7 cm)
 #2193: 4 13/16 x 6 3/8 in. (12.2 x 16.2 cm)
 #2193 backing paper: 7 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (17.9 x 21 cm)
 H x W Image #804: 4 7/8 x 6 7/16 in. (12.4 x 16.4 cm)
 #2193: 4 13/16 x 6 3/8 in. (12.2 x 16.2 cm)
 Collections This Print  The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online 221433
 Reference Literature
last update:
10/10/2019

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