Kasumigaseki

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Kasumigaseki

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1942

Nihonbashi


IHL Cat. #1093

About This Print

The Kasumigaseki (gate of mist) district in Tokyo is the area where the Meiji government chose to build its government.  In the early 1940s, when this print was created, it would have been a bustling, densely packed area, so this sparsely populated image, showing only a single building complex and two cars in the background, is a bit of a surprise even during a heavy evening snow.

This collection's print is a publisher's proof print that contains notes as to changes to be incorporated on the released print.

Released Print (left) and Publisher's Proof Print (right)
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Differences between the two images are subtle, except for the repositioning of the print's title, Tokuriki's signature and the publisher's seal from the lower right on the proof to the upper right on the released print. The gray border surrounding the image on the released print is not present on the proof print.
Several of the editing marks on the proof seem to indicate a desire for minor color changes.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #1093
 Title  Kasumigaseki 霞ヶ関
 Series  the released print was included in the 1942 portfolio Eight Views of Tokyo  (Tokyo hakkei東京八景)
 Artist
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Signature
Tomikichirō 富吉郎
 Seal  
 Date  c. 1942
 Edition  proof print
 Publisher
Uchida Bijutsu Shoten
seal reading うちだ はん Uchida han


 Printer  
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - some soiling; publisher's editing marks in pencil
 Genre  shin hanga
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  chuban
 H x W Paper  8 7/16 x 11 7/16 in. (21.4 x 29.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 7 1/2 x 10 3/16 in. (19.1 x 25.9 cm)
 Collections This Print  Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.1357.6
 Reference Literature  Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century, Amanda T. Zehnder, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009, p. 176.
last revision:
8/28/2021 created
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