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Lake Chuzenji from the series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Lake Chuzenji

No. 20 from the series

Views of the Famous Sights of Japan

by Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1897

Fukuchi Gen’ichirō from the series Instructive Models of Lofty Ambition

IHL Cat. #117

About This Print

Number 11 of twenty-eight prints from the series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan (Nihon meisho zue) issued by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in 1896 and 1897.  (For additional information on this series see the article Views of the Famous Sights of Japan.)

Source: Kiyochika Artist of Meiji Japan, Henry D. Smith II, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988, p. 107
Lake Chuzenji is a view of the famous mountain lake that lies at the southern foot of Mr. Nantai.  It is named after Chuzenji Temple founded by Shodo in 784, which must be the red building visible to the far right.  (The temple was later destroyed in a mudslide of 1902 and rebuilt in a different location.)  In recomposing his original June 6, 1880 sketch (left), Kiyochika added the frame of a veranda to lend interest to a rather ordinary view.  He also converted the two blank figures into a man and child fishing – something that historically became possible in the previously barren lake only after the introduction of trout in the early Meiji period.




The text in the print reads:
Also called South Lake (Nanko) or Sea of Fortune (Sachinoumi), it is a large lake located in the Nikko mountains, five miles from east to west and two miles from north to south.  It is delightful for the natural cool of the air.
All that strikes the eye
Is cooling:
Sea of Fortune.
(Me ni fururu mono mina suzushi Sachinoumi)

Lake Chūzenji 
Source: wikipedia website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Ch%C5%ABzenji

(中禅寺湖, Chūzenji-ko) is a scenic lake in Nikkō National Park in the city of Nikkō, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. It was created 20,000 years ago when Mount Nantai erupted and blocked the river

The lake has a surface area of 11.62 km² and a circumference of 25 km. Its elevation at the surface is 1,269 m (4,124 ft), and the water reaches a depth of 163 m (508 ft). The Yukawa is the principal source of water. It drains through the Kegon Falls.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #117
 Title or Description Lake Chuzenji 中禅寺湖
 Series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan
 Nihon meishō
 zue 日本名勝図会
 Artist Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915)
 Signature Kiyochika
 Seal Suisei
 Publication Date March 1897 (Meiji 30)
 Publisher Matsuki Heikichi [proprietor of Daikokuya Heikichi] with Daihei seal
 松木平吉 大平
 [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - backed, full margins
 Genre ukiyo-e meisho-e
 Miscellaneous Number 21 in the series as marked in lower left margin.
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 13 7/8 x 9 1/4 in. (35.2 x 23.5 cm) 
 H x W Image
 13 1/4 x 8 1/2 in. (33.7 x 21.6 cm)
 Literature 
  Kiyochika Artist of Meiji Japan, Henry D. Smith II, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988, p. 107, fig. 117; Ukiyoe ikkan hyakushu: mizube no fuzokushi, Naoji Kanamori, Tsuribitosha, 2006, p. 167.
 Collections This Print
 Santa Barbara Museum of Art 1986.31.105; National Diet Library 寄別1-9-2-5

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