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Ōboke Gorge from the series Miyata Saburō Collection of Woodblock Prints Scenery of Japan, Shikoku

Tropical Fish
 

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ōboke Gorge

from the series Miyata Saburō Collection of

Woodblock Prints Scenery of Japan, Shikoku

by Miyata Saburō, c. 1974

Germination (2)
 


IHL Cat. #2086

About This Print

Miyata depicts Ōboke Gorge with the Yoshino River running below and winding Highway 32 on the left. This print is number 10 from volume 4, Shikokufrom the artist's 240 print, 12 volume compendium Miyata Saburō Collection of Woodblock Prints Scenery of Japan.

Ōboke Gorge

Oboke Gorge (大歩危, Ōboke) in Tokushima Prefecture on Shikoku, is a steep sided ravine where the Yoshio River flow, surrounded by spectacular scenery, near the entrance to the Iya Valley, Its name means "big dangerous steps" as its jagged, rocky walls can be perilous to navigate. Along with the Koboke Gorge, a little ways downstream, they are one of the leading outdoor destinations in Japan and are known for their beautiful natural scenery and for the variety of outdoor attractions, such as whitewater rafting and canyoning.

Google Maps Street View of Highway 32 and Ōboke Gorge.

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 #2086
 Title
大歩危 Ōboke
Ōboke (Gorge)
 Series Miyata Saburō Collection of Woodblock Prints Scenery of Japan
 宮田三郎木版画集―日本の風景・四国  第四集 
 Miyata Saburō Mokuhanga shū Nihon no fūkei・Shikoku, Collection Number 4
 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  or "sa")
 Publication Date c. 1974
 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 in conjunction with the Tokyo Print Research Institute
 Tokyo Hanga Kenkyūsho 東京版画研究所
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent- minor paper wrinkling likely from printing process; printers marks right margin
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format dai-ōban
 H x W Paper 15 1/4 x 20 1/8 in. (38.7 x 51.1 cm)
 H x W Image 12 1/4 x 16 in. (31.1 x 40.6 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
6/24/2021 created

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