Sake Brewing at Itami in Settsu Province from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sake Brewing at Itami in Settsu Province

from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue

(Products of Greater Japan)

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1877

Slate Pencil Making in Bizen Okayama from the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan)

(crêpe print)
IHL Cat. #1907

About This Print


One of 118 prints in the series Dai Nippon Bussan Zue (Products of Greater Japan), issued in August 1877 to coincide with the opening of Japan’s first National Industrial Exposition (Naikoku Kangyō Hakurankai) held in Tokyo’s Ueno Park. It depicts the brewing of refined sake at Itami in Settsu Province (摂津国Settsu no kuni) which is now part of Hyōgo Prefecture.

Settsu Province (摂津国 Settsu no kuni) was a province of Japan, which today comprises the southeastern part of Hyōgo Prefecture and the northern part of Osaka Prefecture. It was also referred to as Tsu Province (津国 Tsu no kuni) or Sesshū (摂州). Osaka and Osaka Castle were the main center of the province. Most of Settsu's area comprises the modern day cities of Osaka and Kōbe.1

This crêped version of the print was made by the chirimen process, resulting in a cloth-like, smaller dimensioned, irregularly shaped print.  (See the explanation in the Glossary under chirimen-e ("crêped" print)).

As with a number of the prints in this series this image was based upon one in the 1799 book Nihon Sankai Meisan Zue (Famous Sea and Land Products in Japan, as shown below.

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Sake - Born in Itami
Source: website of Hyogo Prefectural Hanshin North Area Tourism Promotion Council http://hankita-tourism.jp/en/area/itami/course/
Around the year 1600, Shinroku Yamanaka, a wealthy merchant in Osaka and the earliest ancestor of the Konoike Family, succeeded in brewing clear sake called "Morohakusumi-zake," which was different from conventional nigori-zake (unfiltered cloudy sake). This is said to be the start of seishu (refined sake). 

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Multiple Editions (Variant Printings)

At least three variant printings (editions) were made of this series.  Each variant printing uses a different colored cartouche containing the series' title, either red, green or rainbow-colored.  Different colored borders were also used and variances in the use of colors and shading are present in the three editions.  A cped version of the series was also produced.




Print Details
 IHL Catalog
 #1907
 Title or Description  Sake Brewing at Itami in Settsu Province 摂津国伊丹酒造之図
 Series
 Dai Nippon Bussan Zue 大日本物産図会 (Products of Greater Japan)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Signature  Artist's family name, Andō Tokubei, trimmed from the margin of this print.
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  1877 (Meiji 10) 
 Publisher
 Publishing information trimmed from the margin of this print.
 Ōkura Magobei 大倉孫兵衛 (Kin'eido; 1843-1921) [Marks: pub. ref. 627]
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - margins trimmed almost to image, normal misshapen size due to chirimen process
 Genre  nishiki-e; kaika-e
 Miscellaneous

 Format  chuban
 H x W Paper 
 5 1/8 x 7 9/16 in. (13 x 19.2 cm)
 H x W Image
 4 5/8 x 7 3/16 in. ( 11.7 x 18.3 cm)
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latest revision:
9/26/18
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