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Sakurajima in Summer


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sakurajima in Summer

by Akagi Yasunobu, 1939

Title Page from the series Annual Events of the Edo Theater

IHL Cat. #928

About This Print

A peaceful Sakurajima, an active volcano, on a summer's day as seen from one of the villages that were gradually incorporated into Kagoshima city.  Kagoshima is a city of over 600,000 today.

Other Artist's Views of The Volcano

Ōsumi Province, Sakurajima, 1856
from the series
Pictures of Famous Places in the Sixty Odd Provinces
Utagawa Hiroshige
Honolulu Academy of Arts Gift of James A. Michener, 1991 (23030)

Sakurashima, Kagoshima, 1922
from the series
Selection of Scenes from Japan
Kawase Hasui
Sakurajima in Morning Light,
Kageshima, Kyushu
c. 1935-42
Toshiro Maeda 

Sunset Glow at Sakurajima, 1947
Hideo Nishiyama 

Sakurajima, 1976
Sekino Jun'ichirô
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon

Sakurajima Today

Source: Kagoshima Prefectural Visitor Bureau http://www.kagoshima-kankou.com/for/areaguides/sakurajima.html

Kagoshima's symbolic Sakurajima is a volcanic island, which floats in the sea only 4km from South Kyushu's hub city, Kagoshima. It is one of the world's greatest active volcanoes at 1,117 meters tall and 50km round. The volcano, which appeared on the south rim of Aira Caldera, is a stratovolcano consisting of two peaks, the North Peak and the South Peak, and has been repeating major eruptions. Among them, in a major eruption in 1914, lava filled a 400-meter wide strait causing the island to connect with Osumi Peninsula on the opposite shore. Approximately 10 billion tons of lava, a volume without parallel in the world, flowed out. There is an observatory with a view of the summit midway up the mountain where you can feel the power of the active volcano spewing smoke up close.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #928
 Title or Description Sakurajima in Summer 夏の桜島 九州鹿児島(as titled by The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo)
Kyūshū Sakurajima 九州桜島 (as titled on label on folio verso)
 Akagi Yasunobu (1889-1955)
artist's  (tai) seal 
 Publication Date 1940
 Publisher  self-published
 Carver self-carved
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - tipped to original folder with original label
 Genre sosaku-hanga (creative print)
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 6 1/2 x 9 1/8 in. (16.5 x 23.2 cm)
 H x W Image 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. (14.6 x 19.7 cm)
 Reference Literature 
 Collections This PrintThe National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00905