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Gokokuji Temple in Koisihikawa #92 from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era

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Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Gokokuji Temple in Koishikawa (#92)

from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo

in the Showa Era

by Kishio Koizumi, 1937

IHL Cat. #106

About This Print

Number 92 of the one hundred prints that make up the series Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue (One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo During Showa).  Koizumi started this series in 1928 and completed it twelve years later in 1940. Note the print's title is in the right margin of this impression and in the left margin on the print in the Tokyo National Museum's collection pictured below.

Artist's Annotation

Source: MIT Visualizing Cultures website http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/tokyo_modern_02/annotation.html
In 1940, Koizumi created woodblock print charts containing print titles, dates, and comments for this series.  His comment for this print follows:

“In Tokyo there are a number of temples designated as national treasures. This is one.”


Other Impressions - Reference Images for this Print

  
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-041
 

Gokoku-ji (護 国寺) is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Tokyo's Bunkyō. It was established by the mother of the Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.  In 1873, Emperor Meiji declared Gokoku-ji the Imperial mausoleum and several of his children are buried there, as well as Emperor Meiji himself. It remains the Imperial mausoleum today.  Gokoku-ji is also famous as the central temple that oversees the practice of Japanese tea ceremony in all the country's temples.

Source: Wikipedia website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gokoku-ji

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #106
 Title  Gokokuji Temple in Koishikawa
 小石川・護国寺境内
 Series  One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era
 Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue 昭和大東京百図絵
 Reference Number
 #92 (artist's annotated portfolio list from c. 1940)
 Artist
 Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945)
 Signature
 Koizumi Kishio (Roman letters) and Izumi 泉 in image and artist's pencil signature "Koizumi Kishio" in Japanese in right hand margin.
 Seal  
 Publication Date  May 1937
 Edition  unknown edition.  This print has the series information in the right margin as opposed to the print (shown above) from The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo which has the series title in the left margin.
 Publisher  likely self-published; some sources list publisher as Asahi Press (see "The Publisher of the Series" under the artist's bio Koizumi Kishio.)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - two pieces mounting tape verso.
 Miscellaneous
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format  dai oban
 H x W Paper  15 5/8 x 11 3/4 in. (39.7 x 29.8 cm)
 H x W Image  14 5/8 x 11 in. (37.1 x 27.9 cm)
 Collections This Print  The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-041; Wolfsonian-Florida International University TD1993.69.1.25 and TD1993.69.1.8
 Reference Literature Tokyo: The Imperial Capital Woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940, Marianne Lamonaca, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 2004. p. 99


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