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Kototoi Bridge on the Sumida River


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kototoi Bridge on the Sumida River

by Kasamatsu Shirō, 1959

IHL Cat. #377

About This Print

A view of Kototoibashi (問橋) from Sumida Koen (Sumida Park).  The Kototoi Bridge spans the Sumida River in the Mukojima district of Tokyo.  Built in 1928, it is approximately 160 meters long and 20 meters high.  Extensive reconstruction was done after WWII when the bridge was heavily damaged.  A monument stands at the head of the bridge to all the fallen civilians that died in the Tokyo Air raid and resulting firestorm in 1945.  Many civilians perished on this bridge.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #377
 Title  Kototoi Bridge on the Sumida River (隅田川 言問橋  upper left margin)
 Catalogue Raisonné  U-92 (as listed in Shiro Kasamatsu - The Complete Woodblock Prints, by Dr. Andreas Gund, self-published by the author, 2001, Tokyo)
 Kasamatsu Shirō (1898–1991)
 Seal  red Shi hexagonal seal
 Date  1959 Shōwa 34 昭和 卅四 bottom of left margin) 
 Edition  likely first edition  (For more information on dating Unsōdō prints see the article Unsōdō Publishing.)
 Publisher  Unsōdō ("Unsōdō han" seal center left margin top-most seal)
 Printer  Shinmi Saburo ("suri Shinmi" seal center left margin 2nd seal down)
 Carver  Okura Hanbei ("hori Okura" center left margin 3rd seal down)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  poor - toning and foxingthroughout; pencil writing outer edge of top margin
 Miscellaneous  "Gei" watermark lower left corner, barely visible. (The "Gei" kanji is the first character of the name Unsōdō.)
 Genre   shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  oban tate-e
 H x W Paper  16 1/8 x 10 3/4 in. (41 x 27.3 cm)
 H x W Image  14 3/8 x 9 5/8 in. (36.5 x 24.4 cm)
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