Oharame (carrying kindling)

Arashiyama in spring

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Oharame 小原女 (carring kindling)

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, c. 1960s

Oharame (seated)


IHL Cat. #1212

About This Print

Tokuriki depicts an Oharame  (woman of Ohara) carrying a load of kindling on her head.  The artist also created another state of this print attached to a square board (shikishiban format) as shown below. Also see IHL Cat. # 1213 Oharme (seated).

Shikishiban edition
Note absence of hand written signature and red "tomi" seal as seen on this collection's print in lower left corner.

Women of Ohara
Source: website of the Kyoto Costume Museum http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/fukusyoku/busou/24.htm
For generations, the women known as Ohara-me, living in the villages of Yase and Ohara at the the foot of Mt. Hiei located in the north of Kyoto, sold bundles of kindling, flowers and charcoal in Kyoto. Today, the tradition continues as a tourist attraction. 

Their distinctive traditional dress consists of an indigo blue kosode, white underwear, a red and white thin obi belt, a pair of white tekko protectors, a pair of habaki leg protectors, an apron and waraji straw sandals. Her head is covered with a white tenugui towel.

photo. c. 1910

Source: website of the Kyoto Costume Museum http://www.iz2.or.jp/english/fukusyoku/busou/24.htm

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1212
 Title
Oharame 小原女
 Series
 Artist 
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Signature 


artist's printed "tomi"  seal and signature and "T. Tokuriki" hand-signed in pencil
 Seal "tomi"  seal, as shown above
 Date c. 1960s (undated)
 Edition not numbered
 Publisher self-published
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Miscellaneous  
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 11 3/4 x 10 9/16 in. (29.8 x 26.8 cm)
 H x W Image
 11 x 9 9/16 in. (27.9 x 24.3 cm)
 Collections This Print 
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