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Nakanoshima Park from the portfolio Collection of Color-Prints with Views of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe

Tokyo Imperial Hotel

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Nakanoshima Park

from the portfolio Collection of Color-Prints with

Views of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe

by Kotozuka Eiichi, c. 1957

Maiko Park from the portfolio Collection of Color-Prints with Views of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe


IHL Cat. #1665

About This Print

A small print picturing Nakanoshima Park in Osaka from the portfolio of twelve prints titled Collection of Color-Prints with Views of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe offered by the Osaka Railway Division, Japanese National Railways.

Nakanoshima Park
Source: https://osaka-info.jp/en/page/nakanoshima-park
Nakanoshima Park is a waterfront park nestled between the Dojimagawa and Tosaborigawa rivers. The park, about 1.5 km in length and 10.6 ha in area, is an urban oasis filled with greenery attracting a lot of citizens. Osaka's first public park, it was established in 1891, incorporating the city's first beer garden, and providing citizens with sophisticated recreation and relaxation opportunities, together with a cafe also built in the park. At that time, the park had high-quality restaurants as well, such as Western restaurant Ginsuiro and Japanese restaurant Seikaro. In addition, behind the place where Osaka City Central Public Hall now stands, there was a Noh stage Suiryukan, where Kongo school Noh plays were acted regularly. In the park was also the Hotel Jiyutei, the only hotel at that time accommodating overseas guests. It is also said that located next to the hotel was a hot-spring bath house, Naniwa Onsen. Currently, the park features the above-mentioned rose garden, where rose blossoms are at their peak in mid-May and mid-October. At the end of every year, the park is illuminated and attracts many visitors. Nakanoshima Park has been designated as one of the 100 most scenic greenery spots in Osaka for its beautiful scenery against a background of many neighboring classical buildings, including Osaka City Central Public Hall and Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library.

Nakanoshima Park today


Collection of Color-Prints with Views of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe


京、阪、神、奈良風物版画集
大阪鉄道
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The print in its folder, as issued.


Also see this collection's prints Kawashima Textile Mills, Handwoven TapestryPottery WorksHigashi-Honganji and Maiko Park from the same portfolio.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1665
 Title
中之島公園
Nakanoshima Park
 Series Collection of Color-Prints with Views of Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Kobe
  京、阪、神、奈良風物版画集
 Artist 
 Kotozuka Eiichi (1906-1979)
 Signature 
 not signed
 Seal
 "koto" 琴
 Date c. 1957
 Edition likely first and only
 Publisher
版元 うちだ Hanmoto Uchida
Uchida Bijutsu Shoten and Osaka Railway Division, JNR 大阪鉄道局
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre shin hanga (new print)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format yotsugiri (half-chuban)
 H x W Paper 4 7/8 x 6 3/4 in. (12.4 x 17.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 4 3/16 x 5 15/16 in. (10.6 x 15.1 cm) 
 Collections This Print Osaka Municipal Library f0005001
 Reference Literature 
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