Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto from the series The Eight Views of Japan

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto

from the series The Eight Views of Fuji 

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, c. 1950s



IHL Cat. #935

About This Print

The last of eight prints in the series The Eight Views of Japan (Nihon Hakkei) published by Uchida Woodblock Printing Company sometime in the 1950s.  This print, depicting Kiyomizu Temple and several of its associated buildings in winter snow, was originally published in 1941 as part of the series Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places (see image below.) 

Print as originally issued in 1941 as part of the series
Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places

The Series - The Eight Views of Japan

This series reused eight previously issued images from the 1941 series Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places (Seichi Shiseki Meisho) and re-issued them in a portfolio of prints titled Eight Views of Japan.  It appears that the same blocks were used for both series.  The information in the right margin which appeared in the 1941 issue has been removed, except for the copyright notice, and the publisher has used their "han moto u chida da" octagonal seal below the artist's signature on each print. (For information on the earlier series Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places see Table of Contents from the series Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places.)

The table of contents pasted into the inside of the folder notes that the prints are "Selections from Prints of Places of Historic and Scenic Interest" (a.k.a. Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places) and that it contains "2 each of four seasons."

For pictures of the series' folder, Table of Contents and the other prints in the series see The Cherry Blossoms of Mount Shigi in Nara Prefecture from the series The Eight Views of Japan.

Kiyomizu Temple

Source: website of alafista.com "Connecting you to Cool Japan" http://www.alafista.com/2013/06/05/todays-japan-photo-kiyomizu-dera-3/

Kiyomizu-dera (清水寺), known more fully as Otowa-san Kiyomizu-dera (音羽山清水寺) is an independent Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities) UNESCO World Heritage site. (It should not be confused with Kiyomizu-dera in Yasugi, Shimane, which is part of the 33-temple route of the Chūgoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage through western Japan.)


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #935
 Title Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto 京都 清水寺
 Series The Eight Views of Japan 日本八景 Nippon hakkei
 Artist 
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Signature 
 Tomikichirō saku
 Seal no artist's seal
 Date c. 1950s
 Edition originally published 1941 as part of the series Scenes of Sacred and Historic Places 
 Publisher
Hanmoto Uchida seal of Uchida Bijutsu Shoten (publisher's seal below artist's signature) [Marks: pub. seal 09-013; pub. ref. 558] (publisher's seal below artist's signature)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - tipped to original backing as issued
 Genre shin hanga (new print); fūkeiga
 Miscellaneous #8 in the series; copyright notice is in lower right margin of print
 Format horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 11 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (28.6 x 41.9 cm)
 H x W Image
 10 3/8 x 15 (26.4 x 38.1 cm)
 Collections This Print The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00193
 Reference Literature 
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