Fruitful Year at Fuji from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Fruitful Year at Fuji

#13 from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1939-1940

Ejiri Harbor Ship Marina from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

IHL Cat. #761

About This Print

This 13th print in the 36 print series depicts farmers harvesting a bountiful autumn crop while Mount Fuji stands guard in all its grandeur.  This print is the original issue (first edition between 1939-1940) published by Uchida Woodblock Printing Company as part of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Later editions eliminated the small telephone pole on the right side of the hill and also changed the title from 豊年の富士 to 實りの秋.  To view other impressions and editions of this image please see IHL Cat. #412 Fall Harvest from the series Eight Views of Fuji.

The Series - Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

Published by Uchida Bijutsu Shoten between 1939 and 1940, this 36-print set (plus an introductory sheet and a table of contents sheet) by Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000) is a more modern take on Hokusai's (1760–1849) famous series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (1826-1833). 

Tokuriki's series was extremely popular with domestic and foreign buyers who purchased one thousand copies within a short time after issuance.1  Various prints from this series were re-printed in subsequent years and subsets of the thirty-six prints were repackaged into newly named series, such as Eight Views of Mount Fuji and Four Season of Mount Fuji, released in the 1950s.  Later printings omit the information in the margin, modify Tokuriki's signature and change the seals below his signature appearing in the image area of the print.

1 Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints - The Early Years, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1998, p. 89.

Format of Margin Annotations and Image Signatures and Seals of Original Edition
Source: Modern Japanese Prints: 1912-1989, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Press, 1994, p. 50.


top right
series title
富士三十六景ノ内
Fuji sanjūrokukei no uchi
(top right)
below series title
title of print
豊年の富士
below print title
Tomikichiro Saku
(Made by Tomikichiro)
followed by round
Kiwame censor's seal1
bottom right
 Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi (Uchida Fine Art Shop) followed in seal form by Fukyo Fukusei (Reproduction forbidden)
printed within image
  Tomikichiro Saku
(Made by Tomikichiro) followed by, in seal form, Sanjurokkei (Thirty-six Views) followed by, in seal form, Hanmoto Uchida (Publisher Uchida)

1 The kiwame (examined) censor's seal is an enlarged reproduction of the one used by government-appointed censors from 1790 onwards.



Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #761
 Title  Fruitful Year at Fuji  (also seen incorrectly translated at "Fuji from Hōnen")
 豊年の富士 Hōnen no Fuji
 Series  Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
 富士三十六景ノ内 Fuji sanjūrokukei no uchi
 Artist
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Signature
 Tomikichirō saku
 Seal  no artist's seal (see above for information on various seals in margin and image)
 Date  1939-1940
 Edition  original (first) edition
 Publisher  Uchida Bijutsu Shoten - Hanmoto Uchida (on print); Uchida Bijutsu Shoritsu han and Reproduction not permitted on margin
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - mat line and minor toning within mat line; small piece missing from top left margin
 Genre  shin hanga (new print)
 Miscellaneous  print #13 in the series
 Format  horizontal oban
 H x W Paper  11 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (28.6 x 41.3 cm)
 H x W Image
 10 3/8 x 15 in. (26.4 x 38.1 cm)
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