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Gion Shinbashi Neighborhood from the series New Views of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Gion Shinbashi Neighborhood from the series New Views of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, c. mid-1950s


IHL Cat. #804

About This Print

A postcard-size print (approx. 5 x 6.5 in.) 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. 

A different impression, made with what appears to be different blocks, is shown below.  This impression has added the kanji 景雨 (rain scene) below the print's title and the artist's seal type has been changed. Other differences with this collection's print can be seen. 

The entry for the below print on the website of The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online (from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama), references a set/series of prints New Views of Kyoto, which this print and nine others in the collection are part of.

While the print is undated, the attribution to Kamei Genbei by The Cultural Heritage Online, Genbei being a name used by Kamei after 1953, suggests a mid-1950s or later publishing.

版画集 『新京都名所 [New Views 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
 Title  Gion Shinbashi Neighborhood 祇園新橋附近
 Series  New Views of Kyoto 新京都名所
 Artist
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 Signature
 not signed
 Seal
artist's "Tō" seal
 Date  c. mid-1950s
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher
 unknown
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  good
 Condition  fair - foxing throughout
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  yotsugiri
 H x W Paper  5 x 6 5/8 in. (12.7 x 16.8 cm)
 Collections This Print  The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online 221433
 Reference Literature


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