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Yasaka Pagoda, Moonlit Night

Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Yasaka Pagoda, Moonlit Night

by Itō Nisaburō, c. 1960-1969

Arashiyama, Spring Scenery

IHL Cat. #787

About This Print

A beautiful rendering of Yasaka Pagoda on a moonlit night in Kyoto.  This print is likely one of a four print untitled series, shown below, in the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto.  Also see IHL Cat. #786, Arashiyama, Spring Scenery.

The Series of Four Prints from The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 

  金閣寺 (Kinkakuji)
昭和35-44 (1960-69)
15.8×23.2 cm.
woodcut on paper
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 
清水雪旦 (Kiyomizu, Snowy Morning)
昭和35-44 (1960-69)
15.6×23.3 cm.
woodcut on paper
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto

八坂塔 (Yasaka Pagoda)
昭和35-44 (1960-69)
15.8×23.3 cm.
woodcut on paper
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 

嵐山春景 (Arashiyama, Spring Scenery) 
昭和35-44 (1960-69)
15.8×23.3 cm.
woodcut on paper
The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto 

Yasaka Pagoda, Kyoto

Source: website of Let's Travel Around Japan! http://www.travel-around-japan.com/k62-16-yasaka-pagoda.html
Yasaka Pagoda is a five-story pagoda located to the west of Ninen-zaka and San'nen-zaka streets.  This pagoda is in Hokanji temple, and there are only this pagoda and a few buildings in the narrow precincts. So "Yasaka Pagoda" is usually the popular name of the temple. The pagoda is 49 meters high, and is the third highest wooden building in Kyoto after Toji and Kofukuji. It is the landmark around this area.  It is said that this pagoda was built in 592 by Shotoku-taishi, a prince in that period. The historical fact is not sure, but it is sure that the temple had existed before the transfer of the national capital to Kyoto in 794  This pagoda had been destroyed by fire and rebuilt several times. Current pagoda was rebuilt in 1440 by Yoshinori Ashikaga, the 6th Shogun of Muromachi government.  It is designated as an important cultural property. There are some Buddha statues in the first floor. This pagoda is sometimes opened to the public, at that time, we can go up to the second floor and have a view of the city of Kyoto through the windows.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog #787
 Title Yasaka Pagoda, Moonlit Night (月夜八坂塔)
 Series untitled series of four Kyoto area landmarks
 Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001)
 仁三郎 (Nisaburō)
 Seal "ni" seal 仁
 Publication Date c. 1960-1969
 Publisher either self-published or by Matsukyū
 Impression excellent 
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - remnants from folio mounting corners verso
 Miscellaneous 禁複製 (do not duplicate) impressed in lower right margin
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format chūban yoko-e
 H x W Paper 6 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (17.5 x 24.8 cm)
 H x W Image 6 1/4 x 9 1/8 in. (15.9 x 23.2 cm)
 Collections This Print The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto P01200-017
 Reference Literature 
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