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Himeji Castle

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Himeji Castle 姫路城

by Kawanishi Yūzaburō, c. 1970s (undated)

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)


IHL Cat. #1416

About This Print

View of Himeji Castle with cherry trees in bloom.

Himeji Castle

Himeji-jo (Castle) was originally built in 1346. Throughout its history it was owned by thirteen warrior families, not the least of which was Hashiba (Toyotomi) Hideyoshi, the commoner who rose to become the de facto military dictator of Japan during the Sengoku-jidai (Civil War Era).  Lord Hideyoshi reconstructed the castle as a three storied structure in 1581.  In 1601, Ikeda Terumasa, son-in-law of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the shogun who defeated the Hideyoshi family, transformed the castle into its present five tiered configuration with three smaller donjons.  Unlike many European castles which had no real strategic defenses, Himeji-jo was built for warfare. The walls contain geometrically shaped sama, openings through which archers and gunners shot at attacking troops and ishiotoshi, an opening through which stones or boiling water were dumped on enemy soldiers scaling the wall. Despite its utilitarian purpose, the castle is nevertheless one of the most beautiful in Japan and was designated at UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.


Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1416
 Title/Description Himeji Castle 姫路城 Himejijō
 Series 
 Artist 
 Kawanishi Yūzaburō (1923-2014)
 Signature 
Y. Kawanishi
 Seal
Yū祐
 Publication Date undated, like c. 1970s
 Publisher
 self-published
 Printer 
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - light wrinkling and printers marks in right margin
 Genre sosaku hanga
 Miscellaneous 
 Format 
 H x W Paper 15 1/4 x 20 13/16 in. (38.7 x 52.9 cm) 
 H x W Image 12 7/8 x 19 in. (32.7 x 48.3 cm)
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