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Highland Flowers

Midday at the Beach

Japanese Color Woodblock Print


Highland Flowers

by Kitaoka Fumio, 1973

Iyo Tangerine Mountain

IHL Cat. #2234

About This Print

In this print, Kitaoka showcases a "skunk cabbage" on the high moors and peatlands in Hokkaidō's Sarobetsu wilderness. Through the rain we see Mount Rishiri, a stratovolcano on Rishiri Island off the coast of Hokkaidō in the Sea of Japan.

There are three distinct states of this print, as shown below, with the 3rd state having a number of color variants.

This beautiful print was turned into a porcelain mural (as shown below) by the ceramics manufacturer Iwao (Iwao Jiki Kogyo Co.., Ltd.) in 1990 and hangs in the Town Hall of Horonobe, Hokkaidō.

幌延町庁舎 [Horonobe Town Hall]
春のサロベツ原野, 1990 [
Spring Sarobetsu Wilderness]
原画:北岡文雄 [
Original painting: Fumio Kitaoka]
磁彩レリーフ [
Porcelain color relief]
5,200H x 4,200W
北海道幌延町 [
Horonobe, Hokkaidō]
source: Iwao Company website

The mural as it appears on the cover of a 2012 promotional pamphlet for the town of Horonobe, Hokkaidō.

Sarobetsu Plain and Mount Rishiri (Rishirifuji)

The Sarobetsu plain in northwestern area of Hokkaidō is a vast peatland in a low-lying moor covering 77 square miles. It forms part of the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. Within the park is the Sarobetsu Wilderness Flower Garden which supports over 100 plant species including skunk cabbage

Mount Rishiri is a Quaternary stratovolcano located off the coast of Hokkaidō, Japan in the Sea of Japan. It rises out of the Sea of Japan forming Rishiri Island. Because its cone shape resembles Mount Fuji it is sometimes referred to as Rishiri Fuji. It is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.

Skunk Cabbage growing in Sarobetsu peatlands and Mt. Rishiri (Rishirifuji)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2234
Highland Flowers 高原の花
 Series n/a
 Kitaoka Fumio (1918-2007)
Fumio Kitaoka in pencil 
 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date 1973
 Edition 58 of 120
 Publisher self-published 86/100
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - tape verso center of all four margins
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper 20 7/16 x 15 7/8 in. (51.9 x 40.3 cm)
 H x W Image 17 9/16 x 12 15/16 in.  (44.6 x 32.9 cm) 
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last revision:
2/2/2020 created