Private House in Kurashiki

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Private House in Kurashiki

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, c. 1960s

IHL Cat. #772

About This Print

Tokuriki has given us a view from across the Kurashiki canal of an old house in the Kurashiki Bikan historical quarter.  While this collection's print is unsigned and not editioned, another state of the print using brownish tints was both signed and sealed by the artist and editioned, as can be seen below.  It appears that the same blocks were used for both states of the print.

Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter


Kurashiki is located west of Okayama Prefecture's southern plains. During the Edo Period some 350 years ago, the area along the Kurashiki-gawa River was under direct control of the shogunate government and trade by boat helped the town to prosper.

Clusters of of-fashioned white-walled storehouses and rows of townhouses with lattice windows line both sides of the Kurashiki River in this nationally designated  Important Traditional Structures Conservation Area.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #772
 Title  Private House in Kurashiki Kurashiki (倉敷の民家 Kurashiki no Minka).
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
Tomi 冨
 Seal  not sealed
 Date  c. 1960s (undated)
 Edition  unknown
 Publisher  self-published, likely through Matsukyu (Tokuriki's own publishing operation)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - slight toning; traces of prior mounting verso
 Genre  sosaku hanga (new print)
 Format  oban
 H x W Paper  10 1/2 x 16 in. (26.7 x 40.6 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 7/8 x 14 3/8 in. (22.5 x 36.5 cm)
 Collections This Print  Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 1975.004.001
 Reference Literature Wood-block Printing, Tomikichiro Tokuriki, Hoikusha Publishing Co., Ltd., 1968, p. 46.