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Umenomiya Shrine from the series New Views of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Umenomiya Shrine

from the series New Views of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, c. mid-1950s

Shimabara District After the Rain from the series New Views of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1125

About This Print

A postcard-size print (approx. 5 x 6.5 in.) depicting a solitary visitor walking through the gardens of Umenomiya Shrine on a rainy day.   

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.  This print is almost certainly from the series New Views of Kyoto as are nine other prints in the collection.

Umenomiya Shrine

Source:Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umenomiya_Shrine and as footnoted

Umenomiya Shrine (梅宮大社) is a Shinto shrine located in Ukyō-ku in Kyoto, Japan. The shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers were sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines; and in 991, Emperor Ichijō added three more shrines to Murakami's list. Three years later in 994, Ichijō refined the scope of that composite list by adding Umenomiya Shrine (梅宮神社 Umenomiya-jinja) and Gion Shrine, which is now known as Yasaka Jinja.

From 1871 through 1946, the Umenomiya Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-chūsha (官幣中社), meaning that it stood in the second rank of government supported shrines.

At first sight, this shrine seems small, but it has a large garden.1

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1125
 Title Umenomiya Shrine 梅の宮社若
 Series New Views of Kyoto 新京都名所
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 not signed
unread artist's seal 
 Date c. mid-1950s
 Edition unknown
 Publisher unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - backed with stiff paper (likely the original mounting trimmed); minor color fading
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format yotsugiri
 H x W Paper and Image 4 13/16 x 6  7/16 in. (12.22 x 16.35 cm)
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