Hokkaido Imperial University Botanical Garden, No. 2 from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1

Early Spring

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Hokkaido Imperial University Botanical Garden, No. 2

from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo

Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1

by Katō Tetsunosuke, c. 1947

Sapporo, Main Promenade, No. 3 from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1


IHL Cat. 1568b
About This Print

This small print, one of five in a portfolio titled Scenic Views of Sapporo, Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1, pictures the botanical gardens on the campus of Hokkaido Imperial University with the Natural History Museum, built in 1884 in the background.  The bust was melted down during WWII and reconstructed in 1947. The five prints in this portfolio feature scenic views on or near the campus of Hokkaido University, the former Hokkaido Imperial University.


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Title, artist, publisher as printed on backing sheet
北海道帝國大學附属植物園 加藤哲之助自刻自刷 札幌観光協会発行


Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens
Source: wikivisually http://wikivisually.com/wiki/Hokkaido_University_Botanical_Gardens

The Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens (北海道大学植物園 Hokkaidō Daigaku Shokubutsuen) are operated by Hokkaido University. The gardens were established in 1886 as part of the Old Sapporo Agricultural College, and are now the second oldest botanical gardens in Japan after Koishikawa Botanical Garden. Today they form part of the university's School of Agriculture, and contain a small part of the forest formerly covering the Ishikari Plain, plus collections of over 4,000 plant species, including alpine plants, wild plants from Hokkaidō, and the oldest lilac in Sapporo. Serious typhoon damage was sustained in 2004. 

The gardens also contain early Hokkaidō homes, a tropical greenhouse, and the Natural History Museum (built 1884), which exhibits Ainu artifacts, local archaeological and biological specimens, and the stuffed body of Taro, one of two surviving sled dogs from Japan's 1958 Antarctica mission.

Natural History Museum, built 1884

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1568b
 Title  Hokkaido Imperial University Botanical Garden 北海道帝國大學附属植物園 [title as written in portfolio's table of contents]
 Series  Scenic Views of Sapporo Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1
 札幌風景手摺版画集 第一輯
 Artist 
 Katō Tetsunosuke (active c. 1925–1950)
 Signature 
 no signature 
 Seal
unread seal of artist
 Date  c. 1947
 Publisher  Sapporo Tourist Association
 札幌観光協会発行 Sapporo kankō kyōkai
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - tipped along the top onto backing sheet
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous
 Format  
 H x W Paper  4 1/8 x 6 1/8 in. (10.5 x 15.6 cm)
 H x W Image  3 3/4 x 5 3/4 in. (9.5 x 14.6 cm) 
 Collections This Print  Sapporo Municipal Central Library 0206-01-120
 Reference Literature  
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