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Tottorisakyū from from the series Scenic Views of the San'in Region

Moonlit Night at the Museum

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 


from the series Scenic Views of the San'in Region

by Asano Takeji, 1964/1965

Mexico City, Mexico

IHL Cat. #1067

About This Print

A view of the sand dunes at Tattori on the Sea of Japan. This print is one of ten to twelve prints that Asano created from 1964 to 1965 of various scenic views in the San'in Region, encompassing the modern-day prefectures of Shimane, Tottori and the northern area of Yamaguchi.  The northern areas of Hyōgo and Kyōto prefectures are sometimes included in the region as well.1


The Tottori Sand Dunes (鳥取砂丘 Tottori sakyū) are unique sand dunes located near Tottori City in Tottori Prefecture, Honshū, Japan. They are the only large dune system (over 30 km²) in Japan. The dunes were created by sediment deposits carried from the Chūgoku Mountains by the Sendai River into the Sea of Japan. Sea currents and wind help bring the sand from the bottom up onto the shore, where the wind constantly rearranges their shape. The dunes have existed for over 100,000 years, but the area of the dunes has been steadily decreasing due to a government reforestation program following World War II. Additionally, concrete barriers erected to protect the coast (the part of Sanin Kaigan National Park) from tsunamis have disrupted the currents responsible for bringing the sand to shore. In recent years[when?] authorities have adopted measures to stop the shrinkage of the dunes, partly because they attract a significant amount of tourism to the area. The Tottori prefectural government has attempted to dump sand off the shore near the dunes in the hopes that it will wash ashore, as well as employing the manual removal of encroaching grassy areas. The lasting ability for these efforts to protect the dunes is as yet unknown. Each year, around two million visitors—mostly from within Japan and East Asia—visit the dunes.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1067
 Title or Description Tottorisakyū 鳥取砂丘 
 Series Scenic Views of the San'in Region
 名所絵 山陰地方 San'in meisho-e
 Asano Takeji (1900-1999)
竹二画刻 Takeji ga koku (drawn and carved by Takeji) 
 no seal
 Publication Date 1964/1965
 Edition likely first and only edition
 Carver self-carved
 Publisher artist - the prints in the artist's series of scenic views around Japan and of various cities in the western world, published in the 1960s, were originally distributed through a print collecting club (木版画 頒布会 moku hanga hanpukai).
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format oban
 H x W Paper 10 1/2 x 15 3/4 in. (26.7 x 40 cm)
 H x W Image
 9 5/8 x 14 3/8 in. (24.4 x 36.57 cm) 
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