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Ikaboshi in Esashi from the series Picture Notes on Native Customs of Japan

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ikaboshi in Esashi from the series Picture Notes on Native Customs of Japan

by Wakayama Yasōji, 1946

IHL Cat. #773

About This Print

One of twelve prints from the series Picture Notes on Native Customs of Japan depicting folk rituals from different parts of Japan.  It is suggested by Lawrence Smith that the prints paid homage to the Folk Art (mingei) movement that Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955), who played an unspecified role in issuing this series, was sympathetic to.1 

In the Artist's Words
"Ikaboshi in Esashi" - Esashi in Hokkaido island was famous for its folk songs - Oiwake. It was very prosperous during the Edo era but it became obsolete during the Meiji era. Because of its long history, it retained its unique customs. Squid drying was one of them.- Wakayama Yasōji

1 Japanese Prints During the Allied Occupation 1945-1952, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Press, 2003, p. 26.

Squid drying on Hokkaido

About the Series Picture Notes on Native Customs of Japan

For details on this series see Iwato Kagura Play from the series Picture Notes on Native Customs of Japan.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #773
 Title/Description  Ikaboshi in Esashi  江差の烏賊干
 Series  Picture Notes on Native Customs of Japan  日本民俗図譜 Nihon Minzoku Zufu
 Artist
 Wakayama Yasōji (1903-1983)
 Signature
 
 Seal  artist's name in lower portion of right margin
 Publication Date  1946
 Publisher  Takamizawa Mokuhan Honsha for Fugaku Shuppan-sha.
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  excellent
 Miscellaneous  
Label attached to verso of folder
 Genre  sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format  
 H x W Paper  8 x 10 3/4 in. (20.3 x 27.3 cm )
 H x W Image  7 3/8 x 9 5/8 in. (18.7 x 24.4 cm) 
 Collections This Print  British Museum 1980,1227,0.19.4; National Library of Australia 4653042
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