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Former Mikasa House

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Former Mikasa House (Karuizawa)

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


IHL Cat. #2013

About This Print

The artist's rendering of the 1905 Mikasa Hotel in Karuizawa in Nagano, now a museum.

Mikasa Hotel
Sources: http://www.unique-nagano.com/detail.php?id=27 and https://notesofnomads.com/karuizawa-nagano-japan/

The Mikasa Hotel was built in 1905, the middle of the Meiji era when Western-styled architecture was just starting to enter Japan. It was completely designed an An important national cultural property, this pure Western-style hotel constructed of wood was built by a Japanese architect. The unique exterior is a fusion of American, British and German architectural styles.

At the time of its operation (1906-1970), it boasted some of the finest innovations of the time including electric chandeliers and tiled flush toilets. It was frequented by many prominent figures and acted as a symbol of Westernization during the Meiji period. Designated as a national cultural heritage site in 1980, the hotel now operates as a museum open to the public.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2013
 Title Former Mikasa House 旧三笠ハウス 
 Series untitled series of buildings around Karuizawa
 Artist 
 Koga Misao (act. c. 1980s)
 Signature 
Misao Koga in pencil
 Seal
artist's 操 (Misao) 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; very light toning
 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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