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Wakana, Part 1 (chapter 34) from the album Illustrations for Genji monogatari in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Wakana, Part 1 (chapter 34)

from the album

Illustrations for Genji monogatari

in Fifty-Four Wood-Cut Prints

by Ebina Masao, c. 1953

Ebina Masao (1913-1980)

IHL Cat. #2451

IHL Cat. #2522

About This Print

In this scene from chapter 34, Wakana (Young Fresh Greens), Part IKashiwagi sees Onna-Sanno-Miya (the Third Princess) while he is playing a football game with his friends. 

This collection holds two impressions of the same print with the bottom image maintaining its original explanation overlay in English and Japanese. (See below.)

Source: The Tale of Genji, Lady Murasaki, Dead Authors Society, 2018
Yes, there were many skills, and as one inning [of the football game] followed another a certain abandon was to be observed and caps of state were pushed rather far back on noble foreheads...

He [Kashiwagi] glanced over toward the Third Princess's rooms. They seemed to be in the usual clutter. The multicolored sleeves pouring from under the blinds and through openings between them were like an assortment of swatches to be presented to the goddess of spring. Only a few paces from him a woman had pushed her curtains carelessly aside and looked as if she might be in a mood to receive a gentleman's addresses....

[Yugiri coughs warning the woman she is being watched.] The lady slipped out of sight.... Kashiwagi's regrets were more intense. It could only have been the Third Princess....

He had seen her accidentally and very briefly, to be sure, but he had most certainly seen her. He was telling himself that there had to be a bond between them and that the steadfastness of his devotion was being rewarded.

Explanation Overlay for IHL Cat. #2522
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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 #2451, #2522
 Title or Description
Young Fresh Greens 若菜上 Wakana: Jō 
variously translated as Wakana, Part I; New Herbs, Part I, Spring Shoots I; Early Spring Genesis: Part 1
 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 IHL Cat. #2451 and #2522: excellent
 Colors IHL Cat. #2451 and #2522:excellent
 Condition IHL Cat. #2451 and #2522:excellent
 Genre genji-e
 Format ōban
 H x W Paper IHL Cat. #2451: 8 11/16 x 12 3/8 in. (22.1 x 31.4 cm)
 IHL Cat. #2522 (with mat and overlay): 10 3/16 x 13 7/8 in. (25.9 x 35.2 cm)
 IHL Cat. #2522 (print only): 9 3/16 x 12 13/16 in. (23.5 x 32.5 cm)
 H x W Image IHL Cat. #2451: 8 1/4 x 11 11/16 in. (21 x 29.7 cm)
 IHL Cat. #2522: 8 3/16 x 11 7/8 (20.8 x 30.2 cm)
 Collections This Print Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College 2009.1.11; 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:
3/25/2021 created