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Hozu River in Early Summer from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Hozu River in Early Summer

from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

by Miki Suizan, 1924

Snow at Kinkaku Temple from the series New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1015

About This Print

One of the artist's 14 prints created during his lifetime, picturing an excursion boat being steered down the Hozu River rapids by three boatmen.  For another print picturing the rapids see The Hozu-gawa Rapids at Kyoto in Summer by Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)

Entry in the original Toledo Museum of Art 1930 Catalog:

122 THE HOZU RAPIDS (Shoka no Hozu-gawa)
Rocky gorge in dark, light and warm greys; green and red foliage; flecked blue water; grey-green and grey-blue hills. Boat in two tones of greyed yellow-orange, white canopy; clothing of men makes spots of light green, white, brown, blue and grey.

Signed, “Suizan”; seal “Sato Sho Han” (Sato Shotaro, publisher). Margin “Shoka no Hozu-gawa” (Early Summer on Hozu River.) Edition, 200 impressions. Blocks cut by Mayeda; printed by Oiwa, 1924. 10 7/16” x 15 7/16”

The website OsakaPrints.com shows what may be a later printing of this work, along with preparatory drawings for the print and a 1936 koban-size recut of the print.

Hozu-gawa Rapids

Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hozu_River

The Hozu River (保津川, Hozugawa)  is a part of Katsura River in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The river begins in the mountains near Kameoka, a town northwest of Kyoto City. It snakes into the Arashiyama  section of western Kyoto before changing its name to Katsura River.

The Hozu River is considered scenic, and is known primarily for its association with Hozugawa Kudari, literally "down the Hozu river", a sightseeing whitewater boat that goes downstream from Kameoka to Arashiyama. Hozugawa Kudari is especially popular in the fall, when the Japanese Maple leaves change colors, and in the Spring, when the sakura, or Japanese cherry tree, blooms. The trip usually takes about two hours.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description
Hozu River in Early Summer (Shoka no Hozugawa 初夏の保津川)
 Series  New Selection of Noted Places of Kyoto (Shinsen Kyōto meisho) [also seen translated as "Select Views of Kyoto, Second Series" (Shinsen Kyōto meisho dainishū)]
 Artist  Miki Suizan (1887-1957)
 Seal  no artist's seal
 Publication Date  1924
Satō Shō han
(lower right corner)
(verso, small oval seal)
Satō Shōtarō 佐藤 章太郎 (Marks: pub. ref. 456; no seals pictured) 
 Edition  1st edition of 200 prints (unnumbered)
 Carver  Maeda Kentarō
 Printer  Ōiwa Tokuzō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - trimmed to image on left and bottom; trimmed at angle on top; minor mat burn along left and bottom of image; tape remnants top and bottom right margins
 Genre  shin hanga
 Format  horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 
 11 x 16 1/8 in. (27.9 x 41 cm) 
note: print is irregularly trimmed as follows:
 height along left edge 10 5/8 in. (27 cm)
 height along right edge 11 in. (27.9 cm)
 width along top edge 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm)
 width along bottom edge 16 1/8 in. (41 cm)
 H x W Image
 10 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (27 x 39.46 cm)
 Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, Carol M. Putney, et. al., Toledo Museum of Art, 2014, p. 174-175; Modern Japanese Prints, Dorothy Blair, The Toledo Art Museum 1997, cat. 122
 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 38.723; National Diet Library (a portfolio of the artist's 14 prints) http://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1014915