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Oda Tomiya (1896-1990)

Prints in Collection

Onatsu Kyōran
IHL Cat. #1871
 Beauty Combing Her Hair, c. 1930s
IHL Cat. #239

Biographical Data


Oda Tomiya 小田富弥 (1896-1990) 


The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties, Amy Riegle Newland and Hamanaka Shinji, Abe Publishing Ltd and Hotei Publishing, 2000, p. 211; Guide to Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1992, p. 124

Oda Tomiya was born in Okayama prefecture.  Oda is his mother's family name and his real name is Ōnishi Ichitarō.  He studied 
nihonga at the Kitano Tsunetomi School.  He worked as an illustrator profiting from the popularity of novels during the late Taisho period.  In 1924 he was employed at the magazine company Kurakusha and illustrated the novels of Kunieda Shiro (1887-1943).  His most important illustrations were for Jinshu Yuki jo (Yuki castle) by Yoshikawa Eiji (1892-1962); Teru hi kumoru hi (Fine or cloudy day) (see illustration below) and Yataro kasa (Umbrella of Yataro) by Shimozawa Kan (1892-1968); and Shinpan Ooka Makoto seidan (New Edition Story of Ooka Makoto) by Hayashi Fubo (1900-1935).  His prints of beautiful women were published by the Osaka Mokuhansha and the Hakuyōsha in the 1930s.

Other Prints by Artist

Woman Enjoying the Evening Cool,
c. 1935
Beauty with Fan, ca.1935
Illustration from Fine or Cloudy Day,
c. 1926

Artist's Signatures and Seals
富弥 or 富彌