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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

Source: website of japan.guide.com https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e6042.html
Shirahone Onsen (白骨温泉, literally "white bone hot spring") is a small onsen town in the Northern Japan Alps famous since the Edo period. The town is a loose collection of a dozen or so ryokan along the slopes of a steep valley, which lies near famous alpine nature spots such as Kamikochi and Norikura. Shirahone Onsen gets its name from its milky white spring water, which is nearly opaque with magnesium and calcium sediments and is believed to relieve gastrointestinal ailments.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #37
 Title  Shirahone Hotspring, Shinshū
 信州白骨温泉 Shinshū Shirahone onsen
 Kasamatsu Shirō (1898–1991)
Shirō 紫浪
red half moon-shaped Shirō seal
 Date  originally published 1935
 Edition Later c. 1946-1957 edition with 6mm A-type Watanabe in lower right hand corner of image
 Publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō
seal reading ワタナベ Watanabe 
[Marks: seal 08-034; pub. ref. 576]
 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  ōban 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 Catalogue Raisonné: W-26 as listed in Shiro Kasamatsu - The Complete Woodblock Prints, Dr. Andreas Gund, self-published by the author, 2001; 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
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