Home‎ > ‎Artists‎ > ‎Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964)‎ > ‎

Appendix 6 (temples 16, 17 and 18) from the Picture Album of the Thirty-Three Pilgrimage Places of the Western Provinces

Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964)

Japanese Monochrome Offset Print

Appendix 6 (temples 16, 17 and 18)

from the Picture Album of the Thirty-Three Pilgrimage Places of the Western Provinces

by unknown, 1925

Illustrated Account of the Sino-Japanese War, Volume 7

IHL Cat. #2413.52
(from the complete 1925 album of prints IHL Cat. #2413)

IHL Cat. #2372

About This Print

The sixth of eleven appendices in the Picture Album of the Thirty-Three Pilgrimage Places of the Western Provinces portfolio, each providing information on three of the thirty-three temples that make up the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage. Each appendix sheet provides a sketch of each temple's honzon 本尊(enshrined principle image), its goeika 御詠歌 (a song/prayer recited by some pilgrims) and a haikai (comic linked verse) composed by the haiku poet Ishikura Suiyō 石倉翠葉 (1875-1938) who, along with the artist Akatsuka Chūichi 赤塚忠一 (1887-?), accompanied Nakazawa on his seventy-eight day pilgrimage to the thirty-three temples and surrounding sights beginning on December 11, 1923. The creator of the honzon sketches is unknown.

The three temples on this sheet (including their locales, using the old province names, and sangō 山号*) are:
Kyōto shi Otowa-zan Kiyomizu-dera 京都市 音羽山 清水寺 (temple 16, 十六)

Kyōto shi Rokuharamitsu-ji 京都市 六波羅蜜寺 (temple 17, 十七)

Kyōto shi Rokkaku-dō Chōhō-ji 京都市 六角堂 頂法寺, (temple 18, 十八).

Each temple name in the below table is linked to its corresponding print.

* the name of a Buddhist temple's sacred mountain prefixed to the name of the temple. They are used both in the portfolio's table of contents and on each addendum sheet.

 Temple Name and Number Goeika  御詠歌
 Kiyomizu-dera 清水寺, temple 16 With the wind in the pines,
Cupping my hands to drink
The pure waters
Of the Otowa waterfall,
Brings coolness to my soul
松風や 音羽の滝の 清水を むすぶ心は 涼しかるらん 
 Rokuharamitsu-ji 六波羅蜜寺, temple 17 Although heavy
The five sins
Will not be in the world
When I go to pray
At Rokuhara temple
重くとも 五つの罪は よもあらじ 六波羅堂へ 参る身なれば 
 Rokkaku-dō 六角堂, temple 18 These thoughts
Within my mind
Like six sharp edges-
I pray instead
To make them rounded
わが思う 心のうちは 六の角 ただ円かれと 祈るなりけり 
Note: All goeika English translations taken from A Pilgrimage in Japan: The 33 Temples of Kannon, Joan D. Stamm, Mantra Books, 2018. Goeika in Japanese taken from the website of the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage Association https://www.saikoku33.gr.jp/

Comparison of Appendix - The Original 1925 Release and the 1946 Second Edition

As shown below, the original 1925 release is printed in red ink on the same paper used for the prints themselves. The 1946 release is printed in black ink on a thin translucent sheet of paper.

A 1925 (left) and 1946 (right): Appendix 2 (temples 4, 5 and 6)

About the "Picture Album of the Thirty-Three Pilgrimage Places of the Western Provinces" 

First issued in 1925 and reprinted in 1946, the 1925 album contains 58 prints and the 1946 album 59 prints. For detailed discussion of the two editions and additional information on the Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage see this site's article Nakazawa Hiromitsu - Picture Album of the Thirty-Three Pilgrimage Places of the Western Provinces.

Nakazawa Hiromitsu - Picture Album of the Thirty-Three Pilgrimage Places of the Western Provinces
click on the image to go to the article

The Saigoku Kannon Pilgrimage (Saigoku sanjūsansho junrei) 

Japan's most famous pilgrimage, originating in the 11th century, encompasses 33 Buddhist temples in Western Japan (Kansai region) dedicated to Kannon (bodhisattva Avalokitasvara), the Bodhisattva of Compassion, who hears the cries of the world and assists anyone in distress.

The 33 temples on the approximately 1,000 kilometer pilgrimage route correspond to Kannon's ability to take on 33 different forms. One hundred thousand pilgrims navigate the route in its entirety or part each year.

Note: For a listing of all 33 temples go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saigoku_Kannon_Pilgrimage. To access an interactive map of the route and its temples go to https://www.thetempleguy.org/p/saigoku-33-kannon-route.html and scroll down towards the bottom of the page.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #2372, #2413.52
 Title or Description
Appendix 6 (temples 16, 17 and 18)
 附録 
 Series  Picture Album of the Thirty-Three Pilgrimage Places of the Western Provinces
 西国三十三所巡礼画巻 Saigoku sanjūsansho junrei gakan
 Artist  unknown - sketches of honzon not credited.  Principle artist for portfolio is Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964). Haikai by Ishikura Suiyō 石倉翠葉 (1875-1938).
 Signature
 not signed
 Seal of the artist  not sealed
 Publication Date  September 28, 1925 大正十四年九月十八日発行 [publishing date as given on the colophon for the 1925 album]
 Publisher
文淵堂版 Bun'endō han

發行者 金尾種次郎 publisher Kanao Tanejirō
發兌元 金尾文淵堂 publishing house Kanao Bun'endō
 Carver  not applicable
 Printer   松本兄弟堂, a company founded in Osaka by Matsumoto Kisaburō 松本喜三郎 in 1923
 Impression  IHL Cat. #2372: excellent
 IHL Cat. #2413.52 excellent
 Colors  IHL Cat. #2372: excellent
 IHL Cat. #2413.52 excellent
 Condition  IHL Cat. #2372: good - foxing and soiling; mark in upper right corner
 IHL Cat. #2413.52:fair - foxing and discoloration; paper loss lower right margin; margins a bit tattered
 Genre  shin hanga; shasei kikō (sketch-tour)
 Miscellaneous
 Format  horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 
 10 1/8 x 15 1/4 in. (25.7 x 38.7 cm) 
 H x W Image
 8 9/16 x 11 1/2 in. (21.7 x 29.2 cm) (area with red border)
 Literature   Nakazawa Hiromitsu kenkyū: Hon karano kenshō, Hiromitsu Nakazawa, Mitsunobu Satō, et. al., Mitsui Kōkei, Tokyo, 2006, p. 46-48.
 Collections This Print
 National Diet Library Call Number 寄別7-8-2-5; National Library Board, Singapore BRN:9854371 (entire 1946 album, no images shown); British Library System number: 017018582 (entire 1946 album, no images shown)Harvard Yenching Library HOLLIS number 990082993710203941 (1925 album)

last revision:
12/24/2020
10/31/2020 created
Comments