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Morning at the Arayu Spa, Shiobara


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Morning at the Arayu Spa, Shiobara

by Kawase Hasui, originally 1946

IHL Cat. #22

About This Print

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 120.
Arayu Hotsprings today
Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
  485 Morning at the Arayu spa, Shiobara
[Toyado no asa (Shiobara Arayu)]
  Work of 1946
Hasui signature with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo (Seal A)
Shiobara is in northern Tochigi prefecture

Arayu Hot Spring

Source: http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ue3t-cb/index_e/spa_e/nakanoyu_e/nakanoyu_e.htm

Arayu Hot Spring is along Nichien toll road (Nichien Momiji Line) from Shiobara to Kinugawa. Arayu Hot Spring resort is small.

Arayu Hot Spring was built after Motoshiobara hot spring was destroyed by the earthquake. Naka-no-yu is in the central part of Arayu Hot Spring, and it is near to the crater.

There are many mixed bath in Arayu hot spring. However, Naka-no-yu is not mixed bathing. The ingredient of the water is very strong as it's a natural hot spring. Everybody insert a coin in a slot which is installed at the entrance.

The water smells of sulfur and it is muddy color. I think it is like a Shirahone Hot Spring in Nagano prefecture. The water temperature is very high (about 79 degrees).

If you feel the water very hot, you can add some cold water to the bathtub from faucet. The regular bather says that you take eggs in to hot water for 10 - 15 minutes and they will be hard boiled eggs. The strong sulfur in the water turns the eggshell black.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #22
 Title  Morning at the Arayu Spa, Shiobara
 湯宿の朝(塩原新湯)Tōyado no asa (Shiobara Arayu) 
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal  Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date  1946
 Edition  Likely first edition with publishers 6mm round "A"-type seal printed in black in lower right corner of image. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Watanabe "A"-type seal (in use from approximately 1918-1924 and 1945-1957)
reading (in Katakana): 
ワタナベ Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good -  moderate overall toning; minor ink offsetting in margins; two dark 2" x 1/2" tape remnants along top verso
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper  10 7/8 x 15 1/8 in. (27.6 x 38.4 cm)
 H x W Image  10 x 14 1/8 in. (25.4 x 35.9 cm)
 Collections This Print  Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.73.37.291 (6mm seal lower right of image; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00138-126 (6mm seal lower right of image)
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 120, pl. 485
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