Kanshin-ji Temple in Kawachi from the series Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kanshin-ji Temple in Kawachi

from the series Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1941


IHL Cat. #438

About This Print

Print number thirty-three of the fifty print series Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places (Seichi Shiseki Meisho) published by Uchida Woodblock Printing Company in 1941.  This temple gate is designated a National Treasure and Tokuriki's view of it is on a stormy autumn's day, absent of people.  The gate is decorated with a shimenawa (special plaited rope) to ward off evil spirits.

The Series - Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places

This series was extremely popular with domestic and foreign buyers who purchased one thousand copies within a short time after issuance.1  In the 1950s, six prints from this series were re-printed under the title The Album of Famous Views of Japan and eight additional prints were re-printed under the title The Eight Views of Japan.  Later printings omit the information in the margin and some position the artist's signature and print title within the image in a different location from the original issue.

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

Margin Annotations of Original Edition (top to bottom) and Print Title Within Image



series title
Seichi Shiseki Meishō
聖地 史蹟 名勝


 assigned number of print in series
三十三
(33)

artist's signature and seal
Tomikichiro Saku
富吉郎 
(Made by Tomikichiro)
followed by oval seal1


 Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi
内田美術書肆
(Uchida Fine Art Shop) followed in seal form by
Fukyo Fukusei
(Reproduction forbidden)
 Print Title
河内 観心寺
 (Kanshin-ji Temple in Kawachi, Osaka)

1 possibly a reproduction of an old censor's seal

The title of each print appears within the image area along with the artist's signature and seal.  The artist's signature is comprised of the artist's name 富吉郎 (Tomokichirō) either by itself, as shown below, or followed by the single kanji character 作 (saku "made by") or by 作 plus 謹 (kin "respectfully").


Kanshin-ji Temple

Source: Historical Dictionary of Osaka and Kyoto by Ian Martin Röpke, The Scarecrow Press, Inc.,1999, p. 52.
An important Shingon sect temple, located in Kawachi Nagano City in southern Osaka Prefecture, this temple, founded in the Nara period (1710-1794), was renamed by the saint Kobo Daishi as Kanshin-Ji Temple in 815.  The temple’s main gate, designated a National Treasure, dating from the ninth century, contains two wooden guardian statues, both of which are designated Important Cultural Properties.  The temple is closely associated with Masashige Kusunoki and the Southern Court Dynasty.



Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #438
 Title  Kanshin-ji Temple in Kawachi, Osaka
 河内 観心寺
 Series  Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places
 聖地 史蹟 名勝 Seichi Shiseki Meisho 
 Artist
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Signature
 Tomikichirō 
 Seal
Tokuriki seal
 Date  September 1941
 Edition  original (first) edition
 Publisher  Uchida Bijutsu Shoten
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - minor residue top corners verso from previous folio mounting
 Genre  shin hanga (new print)
 Miscellaneous  三十三 #33 in 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 (26.4 x 38.1 cm)
 Collections This Print  Penn Libraries, Rare Book & Manuscript Library - Rare Book Collection Call no.: Portfolio NE1325.T65 A4 1940 
 Reference Literature  

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