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Karuizawa Kōgen Church

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Karuizawa Kōgen Church

by Koga Misao, undated (c. 1970/1980)

Asakusa Hagoita ichi from the portfolio Collection of Woodblock Prints Lyricism of Shitamachi


IHL Cat. #2014

About This Print

The artist's rendering of Karuizawa Kōgen Church built in 1921.

Karuizawa Kōgen Church
Sources: https://travel.navitime.com/en/area/jp/guide/NTJtrv0535-en/a and https://fr.japantravel.com/nagano/karuizawa-kogen-church/15748

Located just a short five-minute drive from Naka-Karuizawa Station you’ll find the impressively built Karuizawa Kogen church. The striking church is uniquely constructed with a pointed triangular roof which follows a sharp path all the way to the ground on both sides of the church, thus creating an effect which makes the church seem as if it is just the tip of a much bigger structure lying just beneath the surface.

The church, surrounded by beautiful greenery, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Karuizawa. But it was not a church at the beginning. In 1921, Christian evangelist, Uchimura Kanzo (1861-1930) named a small lecture hall “Hoshino Yugaku-do” as a place of learning and enjoyment. A lot of highly educated people gathered here and had passionate talks about art and literature. After WWII, the lecture hall changed its name to Karuizawa Kogen Church.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2014
 Title Karuizawa Kōgen Church 軽井沢高原教会
 Series untitled series of buildings around Karuizawa
 Artist 
 Koga Misao (act. c. 1980s)
 Signature 
Misao Koga in pencil
 Seal
artist's み (Mi) seal
 Publication Date undated (estimated c. 1970/1980)
 Publisher unknown
 Printer
likely self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - tipped into original paper mat
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 5 11/16 x 8 in. (14.4 x 20.3 cm)
 H x W Image 5 x 7 1/16 in. (12.7 x 17.9 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
3/14/2019 created
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