Outskirts, Pasturage, Tsukisappu Sheep Farm, No. 4 from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1

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Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Outskirts, Pasturage, Tsukisappu Sheep Farm, No. 4

from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo

Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1

by Katō Tetsunosuke, c. 1947

Outskirts, Okuteineyama Mountain Hut No. 5 from the portfolio Scenic Views of Sapporo Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1


IHL Cat. #1568d
About This Print

This small print, one of five in a portfolio titled Scenic Views of Sapporo, Hand-printed Woodblock Collection, Volume 1, pictures sheep grazing on the Tsukisappu Sheep Farm. 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
 放牧 (月寒種羊場)  加藤哲之助自刻自刷 札幌観光協会発行

Tsukisappu Sheep Farm
Source: website of Hitsujigaoka Co. Ltd. http://www.hitsujigaoka.jp/en/second/

In the Hitsujigaoka district, the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce Tsukisappu Sheep Farm was built before the war as a research center for wool; at its highest peak there were over 2,000 sheep being raised here. From this time, many observers began to visit.  After the war, the observers (tourists) increased, and due to the threat tourists imposed upon the research results, the number of visitors entering the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Hokkaido Agricultural Research Center unfortunately had to be regulated.

The city of Sapporo and various tourism organizations argued about how this would effect the valuable tourist resource and many discussions followed concerning the admission to the agricultural center until finally in 1959, it was decided that the Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill, managed and run by the Sapporo Tourism Association, would be built in one corner of the research center.n mainland Japan to a group of seven Imperial Universities formed by the Imperial Japanese government.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog  #1568d
 Title  Outskirts, Tsukisappu Sheep Farm 郊外 月寒種羊場 [title as written in portfolio's table of contents]
  Pasturage, Tsukisappu Sheep Farm 放牧 (月寒種羊場) [title as written on print's backing sheet]
 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 3/16 x 6 in. (10.6 x 15.2 cm)
 H x W Image  4 x 5 11/16 in. (9.4 x 14.4 cm) 
 Collections This Print  Sapporo Municipal Central Library 0206-01-121
 Reference Literature  
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