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Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji from the series New Views of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji from the series

New Views of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, c. mid-1950s

Ginkakuji Snow Scene from the series New Views of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1123

About This Print

A postcard-size print (approx. 5 x 6.5 in.) depicting visitors to Kyoto's Nishi Hongan-ji Shrine on a fine summer's day.  A different impression, shown below, from the collection of the The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama appears to be printed from slightly different blocks.   

While the print is undated, the attribution to Kamei Genbei, 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 4 
  西本願寺長辻 [Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji]
はんがしゅう しんきょうとめいしょ げんが 4 にしほんがんじながつじ
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13×16.1cm [5.12 x 6.34 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]

Nishi Hongan-ji

Nishi Hongan-ji (西本願寺 Nishi Hongan-ji) "Western Temple of the Original Vow" is one of two temple complexes of Jōdo Shinshū in Kyoto, Japan, the other being Higashi Hongan-ji, or "Eastern Temple of the Original Vow". Jōdo Shinshū is a school of Pure Land Buddhism, and today Nishi Hongan-ji serves as the head temple of the Jōdo Shinshū organization. 

Nishi Honganji was established in 1602 by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu split the main Honganji in Kyoto into two temples, Nishi Hongan-ji and Higashi Hongan-ji, in order to diminish the power of the Jōdo sect. Nishi Hongan-ji is listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View from Syomen Dori into complex

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1123
 Title Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji 西本願寺長辻
 Series New Views of Kyoto 新京都名所
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 not signed
artist's tō seal 
 Date c. mid-1950s
 Edition unknown
 Publisher unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - minor foxing; backed with stiff paper (likely the original mounting trimmed); rubbing with minor image loss
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format yotsugiri
 H x W Paper and Image 4 7/8 x 6  3/8 in. (12.4 x 16.2 cm)
 Collections This Print
 The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama 
 Reference Literature