The Cherry Blossoms of Mount Shigi in Nara Prefecture from the series The Eight Views of Japan

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The Cherry Blossoms of Mount Shigi in Nara Prefecture

from the series The Eight Views of Japan

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, c. 1950s


IHL Cat. #936

About This Print

The first 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 Chogosonshi-ji Temple on a moonlit night, 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 The 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."



     

Entire Series - The Eight Views of Japan 

 
The Cherry Blossoms of Mt. Shigi
in Nara Prefecture
 
The Nikko-Toshogo
in Tochigi Prefecture

Katata Ukimido Temple
in the Lake Biwa 

 
Ise Futami Bay
in Mie Prefecture
 
Kagoshima
in Kyushu Island

Kamakura Large Buddha
in Kanagawa Prefecture 

 
Suwa Kintai Bridge at Iwakuni
in Yamaguchi Prefecture
 
Kiyomizu Temple
at Kyoto

Mount Shigisan and Chogosonshi-ji Temple

Source: website of Japan National Tourism Organization http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/regional/nara/shigisan.html and  http://jart-kansai.blogspot.com/2011/10/collection-of-chogosonshiji-temple.html

Mt. Shigi-san, 437 meters in elevation, is located at the southern end of the Ikoma Mountains lying in the northwest of Nara Prefecture. In the middle of the mountains is Chogosonshi-ji Temple, usually referred to as "Shigisan" or "Shigi-no-bishamon-san."

The temple has been worshipped and loved by many ordinary people as receiving good luck or protection from its principal deity, Vaisravana (Bishamonten in Japanese). It is also well-known for owning one of the most important illustrated handscrolls in Japanese art history, Shigisan Engi Emaki (Illustrated Handscroll "Legend of Mount Shigi").

It is said that the scroll was completed in the middle of 12th century by an unknown artist. It depicts miracles which were attributed to the Shingon monk Myoren, who resided on Mount Shigi in the latter part of the 9th century.

   


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #936
 Title  Cherry Blossoms at Mount Shigi 大和信貴山 in Nara Prefecture
 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]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent - tipped to original backing as issued
 Genre  shin hanga (new print); fūkeiga
 Miscellaneous  #1 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)
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