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NHK Broadcasting Museum at Atagoyama

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

NHK Broadcasting Museum at Atagoyama

by Sekino Jun'ichirō, 1955

Portrait of a Boy (artist's son)

IHL Cat. #304

About This Print


This print picturing the NHK Museum of Broadcast in Atagoyama in Tokyo, formerly the Tokyo Broadcasting Station, is one of only two prints by Sekino published by Watanabe Shōzaburō.  While this print does not bear any Watanabe publishing seals, other impressions, such as the one shown below, do bear the publisher's 6mm round seal in the lower left portion of the image.


It is likely that this print would have been carved and printed by Watanabe staff rather than by Sekino
himself.  The 1962 catalog of the publisher S. Watanabe lists this print on p. 82 and assigns it the inventory number Cp 2 and notes that it is sold out.

NHK Museum of Broadcast

The NHK Museum of Broadcast was opened in 1956 as the first museum exclusively exhibiting the broadcasting items in Atagoyama in Tokyo, the birthplace of Japan's broadcasting history

Atagoyama, the Birth Place of Japanese Broadcasting     

Source: The NHK Museum of Broadcast  http://www.nhk.or.jp/museum/index-e.html
While Japan's first radio broadcast at 9.30 a.m. on March 22, 1925 was transmitted from a temporary studio of the Tokyo Broadcasting Station in Tokyo's Shibaura district, the radio station that came on line in July of that same year at Atagoyama in Tokyo, became known as "the birth place of Japanese broadcasting."

NHK Broadcasting Center c. 1925


Print Details

IHL Catalog #304
 Title Atagoyama (愛宕山)
 [NHK Broadcasting Museum at Atagoyama NHK hōsō hakubutsukan (放送博物館)]
 Series Scenes of Last Tokyo (Tokyo kaiko zue)
 Artist 
 Sekino Jun’ichirō (1914 - 1988)
 Signature 
 Sekino in English script stamped in black lower right corner of image
 Seal none
 Publication Date 1955
 Edition unknown
 Publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (Publisher) (1885-1962)
 Impression excellent
 Colors fair
 Condition fair - heavy toning and mat line; colors faded
 Genre shin hanga (new print)
 Miscellaneous 
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 15 x 10 5/8 in. (38.1 x 27 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/2 x  9 7/8 in. (36.8 x 25.1 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature 

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