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Kuroyon (Kurobe) Dam

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 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kuroyon (Kurobe) Dam

by Miyata Saburō, c. 1971-1984

Germination (2)

IHL Cat. #2298

About This Print

A smaller size (sheet size, approx. 10 x 12 in. vs. approx. 16 x 20 in.) than many of Miyata's landscape prints, Kuroyon (Kurobe) Dam, was likely issued as part of a set of prints depicting a particular area of Japan, possibly Toyama Prefecture 長野県 in the Chūbu region of the main island of Honshū.  Shiga Kōgen Hasuike is a highland area in Yamanouchi town in the northern region of Nagano Prefecture and part of the Joshinetsu Kōgen National Park. 

This image was also printed in a larger format by Miyata as shown below. In looking at the details of the two prints, I imagine the original key block drawing (hanshita) was either photographically scaled up or down to make the later print. Exact dates for each size print are unknown.

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Source: Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurobe_Dam
The Kurobe Dam (黒部ダム) or Kuroyon Dam (黒四ダム), is a 186 m (610 ft) high variable-radius arch dam on the Kurobe River in Toyama Prefecture 富山県, Japan. The tallest dam in Japan, it supports the 335 MW Kurobe No. 4 Hydropower Plant and is owned by Kansai Electric Power Company. It was constructed between 1956 and 1963 at a cost of ¥51.3 billion yen. The project was a difficult engineering feat for the rapidly growing post–World War II Japan, and claimed the lives of 171 people.

image source: japan-guide.com https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e7554.html

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #2298
黒四ダム Kuroyon damu
Kuroyon (Kurobe) Dam
 Series  unknown
 Miyata Saburō (1924-2013)
ミヤタ サブロウ Miyata Saburō in kana with unread black superimposed character (possibly  or "sa")
 Publication Date  c. 1971/1984
 Edition  102/300
 Publisher  the artist in conjunction with the Tokyo Print Research Institute
 Tokyo Hanga Kenkyūsho 東京版画研究所
 Carver  self-carved
 Printer  self-printed
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Genre  sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Format  dai-ōban
 H x W Paper  10 x 11 3/4 in. (25.4 x 29.8 cm)
 H x W Image  6 7/16 x 8 5/16 in. (16.4 x 21.1 cm)
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last revision:
6/22/2021 created