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Hanachirusato (chapter 11) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Hanachirusato (chapter 11) from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2452

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 10, SakakiPrince Genji, now 25 years old, visits Hanachirusato, the younger sister of Reikeiden, barely visible on the right. Genji, whose star is on the wane, was once intimate with her and decides to visit her to console himself. 

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
Genji's troubles, which he had brought upon himself, were nothing new.... Among the old emperor's ladies had been one Reikeiden. She had no children, and after his [the emperor's] death her life was sadly straitened. It would seem that only Genji remembered her. A chance encounter at court, for such was his nature, had left him with persistent thought of her younger sister. He paid no great attention to her, however, and it would seem that life was as difficult for her as for her sister. Now, in his own despondency, his thought turned more fondly to the girl, a victim if ever there was one of evanescence and hostile change. Taking advantage of a rare break in the early-summer rains, he went to call on her.

For an excellent introduction to The Tale of Genji see Penguin's "Short Summary of the Tale" at https://www.penguin.com/static/packages/us/taleofgenji/introduction3.php

About The Album

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2452
 Title or Description
Hanachirusato 花散里
variously translated as The Village of Falling Flowers, The Orange Blossoms, Falling Flowers, The Lady at the Villa of Scattering Orange Blossoms
 Series Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints
 木版画源氏五十四帖  Mokuhanga Genji gojūyonjō
 Ebina Masao (1913-1980)
 not signed
 Seal正夫 Masao
 Publication Date 1953 or after (originally issued 1953; multiple editions are known)
 Publisher Yamada Shoin 山田書院
 Carver carving supervised by Yoshio Kawamo [Kawatsura Yoshio 川面義雄 (1880-1963)]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - light mat toning 1/8" into image four sides
 Genre genji-e
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper 8 13/16 x 12 1/2 in. (22.4 x 31.8 cm)
 H x W Image 8 3/8 x 12 1/16 in. (21.3 x 30.6 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2010.1.8; University of Kansas Libraries KU Bib ID: 4123242 (entire portfolio; images not shown); National Diet Library Call Number 913.36-E17g-K (entire portfolio dated 1958; images not shown)
 Reference Literature 
latest revision:
3/24/2021 created