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Hiragatakō from the series Miyata Saburō Collection of Woodblock Prints Scenery of Japan

Miyata Saburō (1924-2013)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Hiragatakō

from the series Miyata Saburō Collection of

Woodblock Prints Scenery of Japan

by Miyata Saburō, 1971-1984

Miyata Saburō (1924-2013)

IHL Cat. #1916

About This Print

Miyata depicts Hiragata harbor in the city of Kitaibaraki, Ibaraki Prefecture.  As with so many of his prints, all is calm, serene and quiet, and no people can be seen.  This print is from one of the volume of prints, likely a volume of scenes of Hokkaidō where Lake Tōya is located, from the artist's 240 print, 12 volume compendium Miyata Saburō Collection of Woodblock Prints Scenery of Japan.

Hiragatakō
This picturesque town's harbor is like a mirror reflecting two strange rocks outcroppings at the entrance to the harbor. Yakushido temple is one the east side of the port; Hachiman Shrine on the west. The city suffered serious damage from the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake tsunami.


About the Series "Miyata Saburō Collection of Woodblock Prints - Scenery of Japan"

Consisting of twelve volumes, each containing twenty woodblock prints depicting scenic locations around Japan, Miyata spent fourteen years from 1970 to 1984 producing the series, which he carved and printed himself in a limited edition of 100 prints each.  Most if not all the places depicted were actually visited by the artist.  Miyata followed this massive series of 240 prints with a printed compendium of the prints titled Miyata Saburō mokuhanga zenshū 宮田三郎木版画全集 (The Complete Woodblock Prints of Miyata Saburō), release in limited edition in five volumes in 1983-1984.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1916
 Title
平潟港 Hiragatakō
Hiragata Harbor
 Series Miyata Saburō Collection of Woodblock Prints Scenery of Japan
 宮田三郎木版画集―日本の風景
 Miyata Saburō Mokuhanga shū Nihon no fūkei
 Artist 
 Miyata Saburō (1924-2013)
 Signature 
 none
 Seal
ミヤタ サブロウ Miyata Saburō in kana with unread black superimposed character (possibly さ or "sa")
 Publication Date 1971-1984
 Edition
百冊限定版の内 (limited edition of 100), as stamped on the left side of the bottom margin
 Publisher the artist under the Tokyo Print Research Institute (Tokyo Hanga Kenkyūkai) 
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent 
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format dai-ōban
 H x W Paper 14 x 19 3/8 in. (38.6 x 51.1 cm)
 H x W Image 12 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (26.8 x 40.6 cm)
 Collections This Print
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