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Shirahone Hotspring, Shinshū


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shirahone Hotspring, Shinshū

by Kasamatsu Shirō, originally 1935

Mount Fuji from Lake Ashinoko at Hakone

IHL Cat. #37

About This Print

This is a later, although lifetime, edition of Kasamatsu's print of these famous hot springs.  The original edition used a darker green for the foliage.  See Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints (referenced in table below) for a photo of the original printing.

Shirahone Hot Springs

Shirahone (“White Bone”) hot spring is famous since the Edo Period.  It takes it name from the milky-color of the water caused by the lime content.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #37
 Title  Shirahone Hotspring, Shinshū (Shinshū Shirahone onsen 信州白骨温泉)
 Catalogue Raisonné  W-26 (as listed in Shiro Kasamatsu - The Complete Woodblock Prints, Dr. Andreas Gund, self-published by the author, 2001, Tokyo)
 Kasamatsu Shirō (1898–1991)
Shirō 紫浪
red half moon-shaped Shirō seal
 Date  originally published 1935
Later c. 1946-1957 edition with 6mm A-type Watanabe seal reading
ワタナベ in lower right hand corner of image  [Marks: seal 08-034; pub. ref. 576]
 Publisher  Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - two mounting spots on top verso; pencil markings on the bottom reading “Hakkutsu Hot Spring 1935 Shiro Watanabe Pub 5858” 
 Genre  shin hanga (new prints)
 Format  Oban tate-e
 H x W Paper  15 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (38.4 x 26.7 cm)
 H x W Image  14 1/4 x 9 1/2 in. (36.2 x 23.8 cm)
 Collections This Print National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00211-019 (unknown edition); Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery S2003.8.458 (with Watanabe D-type seal)
 Reference Literature Printed to Perfection: Twentieth-century Japanese Prints from the Robert O. Muller Collection, Amy Reigle Newland, et. al., Hotei Publishing, 2004, p. 113, plate 104
Last revision: 8/6/2018