Tsuten-kyo Autumn Leaves from the series Kyoto in Autumn

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tsuten-kyo Autumn Leaves

from the series Kyoto in Autumn

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1942

Table of Contents for the series Twelve Aspects of Kyoto


IHL Cat. #2419

About This Print

One of 24 prints from a series of ōgi fan-shaped images of scenic places in the Kyoto area during the four seasons, with each season being represented by six prints. Each image is printed on a decorative background with floral motifs printed in silver mica. This print is part of the Kyoto in Autumn set and pictures Tsuten Bridge and Kaisandō, which serves as the mausoleum of Tofukuji's first head priest, in the driving rain. 

Tsuten-kyo and Tofuku-ji

In autumn, people come from all over Japan to see Tofukuji's autumn colors. The most popular view is of the 100m (330ft) long Tsutenkyo Bridge, which spans a valley of lush maple trees. The temple is located in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto.

Source: website of Tofukuji Temple http://www.tofukuji.jp/english/index.html 
"This temple is the head temple of the Tofukuji School of the Rinzai sect of Zen Buddhism. It was built in 1236 on the instructions of Kujo Michiie, the great statesman of the Kamakura period, who desired to build in Kyoto a temple complexes in Nara. Even its name, Tofukuji, is a combination of one character from the names of each of these Nara temples. Its original buildings were burned but were rebuilt in the 15th century according to the original plans. About this time it flourished as one of the Five Great Temples of Kyoto. Its many compounds and sub-temples survived the ravages of war and fire until the late Meiji period when the Butsuden (Buddha hall) were burned. However, it even now retains the magnificent scale characteristic of a medieval Zen temple."

The Series - Kyoto in the Four Seasons

Kyoto in Winter 冬の京都より

Kyoto Kaomise 京の顔見世 
Atoyama Shrine 愛宕山神社 
Daitoku-ji Snow Scene 大徳寺雪景 
Early Spring in Inariyama 稲荷山早春 
Kinkaku-ji Snow Scene 金閣寺雪景 
Kyoto Imperial Palace in Snow 京都御所乃雪 

Kyoto in Spring 春の京都より
Kōetsu-ji Takagamine in Spring 鷹ヶ峰光悦寺乃春 
Kamigamo Shrine in Spring 上賀茂社乃春 
Cherry Blossoms at Omuro 御室の桜 
Cherry Blossoms at Gokoku Shrine 護國神社の桜 
Kitano Shrine Early Spring 北野神社早春
Arashiyama Spring Scene  嵐山
note: I have not found the sixth print in this set

Kyoto in Summer  夏の京都より
Mibu Kyōgen 壬生狂言 
Onshi Nijō Castle 恩賜ニ篠城 
Gionsai Yoiyama 祗園祭宵山 
Kurama-dera in Early Summer 鞍馬寺の初夏 
Diamonji 大文字 
Heian-jingū 平安神宮 

Kyoto in Fall 秋の京都より
Kōdai-ji Temple, Hagi 高台寺の萩 
Tsuten-kyo Autumn Leaves 通天橋の紅葉
Tō-ji Harvest Moon 東寺名月
Red Maples at Takao 高雄紅楓
Sanjūsangen-dō 三十三間堂
Kiyomizu-dera Autumn Colors 清水寺 秋色 


Print Details
 IHL Catalog #2419
 Title Tsuten-kyo Autumn Leaves
 通天橋の紅葉
 Series Kyoto in Autumn
 秋の京都より 
 Artist 
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Signature
富吉郎  Tomikichirō
 Seal  徳力 Tokuriki (see oval seal above)
 Date 1942 昭和17 
 Edition original (first) edition
 Publisher

Uchida Art Bookstore
版元 内田美術書肆  Uchida Bijutsu shoshi


Note: right column of seal reading 作者徳力富吉郎 (artist,  Tokuriki Tomikichirō) is trimmed from this print
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre shin hanga (new print); fūkeiga
 Miscellaneous 
 Format horizontal ōban
 H x W Paper 9 13/16 x 17 1/2 in. (24.9 x 44.5 cm)
 H x W Image 8 1/4 x 17 (21 x 43.2 cm)
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