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Pond at Zenpukuji Temple in Suginami #79 from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Pond at Zenpukuji Temple in Suginami (#79)

from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo

in the Showa Era

by Kishio Koizumi, 1936

Shower at Nezu Shrine #81 from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era

IHL Cat. #114

About This Print

Number seventy-nine 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 absence of the print's title from this collection's print, whereas the title appears on the print of 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:

"Tradition relates that the shogun Yoritomo discovered a spring at this site. The municipality has designated this place as an official scenic site.”

Other Impressions - Reference Images for this Print


The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-037

Zenpukuji Koen Today

The park surrounds Zempukuji Pond, which is divided into an upper and a lower pond. The pond, which overflowed during the Edo era, was one of the three famous springs in Musashino. The park has a children’s playground and you can row boats in the upper pond. Cherry blossoms and water lilies also bloom. Winter birds such as green-winged teals and pintails visit the pond.

 
 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #114
 Title  Pond at Zenpukuji Temple in Suginami (also translated as New Verdure on Zempukuji Pond )
 杉並区・新緑の善福寺池畔
 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
 #79 (artist's annotated portfolio list from c. 1940)
 Artist
 Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945)
 Signature
 Koizumi Kishio (Roman letters) and Izumi 泉 in image
 Seal  
 Publication Date  June 1936
 Edition  unknown edition.  This print does not have the series information in the margin, just the print title in left margin. Print shown below from the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo has series title in right 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 12 1/8 in. (39.7 x 30.8 cm)
 H x W Image  14 3/4 x 11 in. (37.5 x 27.9 cm)
 Collections This Print  The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-037
 Reference Literature Tokyo: The Imperial Capital Woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio, 1928-1940, Marianne Lamonaca, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 2004, p. 98.
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