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Nenokuchi, Towada from the series Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Nenokuchi, Towada

from the series

Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern

by Kawase Hasui, 1933

IHL Cat. #67

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. 95.
Narazaki1 asserts that “such a daring composition is rare in Hasui’s work. A large tree cuts diagonally across the foreground plane, and the setting sun reflects brightly on Lake Towada.  The distant coast and mountain are already shrouded in darkness; the clouds grow dark.  Instrumental in maintaining the mood of this scene is the reflection of the red sun on the surface of the lake, and this heightens the colour scheme of this relatively simple composition.  In this we witness a new trend in Hasui’s work.  It was sketched on 28 October 1932”.

1 Narazaki Muneshige, Hasui's biographer and compiler of the artist's first catalogue raisoneeé Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shuMainichi Shinbun, Tokyo, 1979. 

 Lake Towada today

Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
  302 Nenokuchi, Towada
Series: Collection of scenic views of Japan, eastern
Japan edition
(Nihon fukei shu higashi Nihon hen, Towadako Nenokuchi)
  Work of July 1933
Hasui signature with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shoz
aburo (Seal D)

Catalogue Entry from The Toledo Art Museum Show 1936

Source: Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, The Toledo Art Museum 1997 (Printed from a photographic reproduction of two exhibition catalogs of modern Japanese prints published by The Toledo Museum of Art in 1930 and 1936)
Signed Hasui; red seal, decorative form only.  Left margin: the Japanese title; and the date, “Showa Hachi Nen Shichi Gatsu Saku” (Made in the 7th Month of the 8th Year of Showa (July 1933).  Left margin: copyright stamp of the publisher, Watanabe of Tokyo.  Blocks, 20; superimposed printings, 25; edition, 100.

Lake Towada

Lake Towada-ko is at the top of a 400-meter-high mountain on the border between Aomori and Akita. It is a dual crater lake that was formed by the caving in of a volcano mouth formed by a giant eruption. With a depth of 327 meters, the lake is the third deepest in Japan. The water is translucent enabling you to see into it to a depth of 10 meters. Lake Towada-ko reflects the four seasons in its clear blue water: fresh green of spring, autumn leaves, and the snow in winter, all giving the lake a mysterious beauty.
There are four observation points set up around the lake, so you can enjoy the lake's appearance from different angles. Sightseeing boats leave from the Yasumiya bus terminal, and go to Nenokuchi at the entrance to the Oirase Mountain Stream and Utarube, which is always busy with fishing-lovers. Seeing the lake from a boat shows a different kind of beauty than the view from the lakeshore. Near Yasumiya there are all sorts of facilities, including a campsite, Lake Towada-ko Visitors' Center and Lake Towada-ko Tansuigyo Suizoku-kan (Freshwater Fish Aquarium).

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #67
 Title  Nenokuchi, Towada
 Series   Collection of Scenic Views of Japan, Eastern
 日本風景集 東日本篇 Nihon fūkei shū higashi Nihon hen
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal  Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date  July 1933 as shown in lower right margin
 Edition  First edition of 100 prints with "D"-type seal (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher seals see "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
Watanabe Shōzaburō
Watanabe "E"-type seal (in use from approximately 1929-1942) reading:  版権所有 渡辺庄三郎 hankenshoyū Watanabe Shōzaburō
copyright reserved Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - pencil notation bottom margin "Lake Towada Hasui Kawase"; small remnant mounting tape verso left corner; small discoloration center top margin; minor handling/printing creases
 Miscellaneous  View of Konokuchi Narrows Lake Towada
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  Oban tate-e
 H x W Paper  15 3/4 x 10 7/8 in. (39.9 x 27.6 cm)
 H x W Image  14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 24.1 cm)
 Collections This Print  The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00138-024 (unspecified edition but print shown has D type seal.)
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 95, pl. 302; Kawase Hasui and His Contemporaries: The Shin Hanga (New Print) Movement in Landscape Art, Irwin J. Patcher, Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, 1986, p. 66, pl. 68
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