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Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001)

Japanese Color Woodblock Printed Postcard

Tōjinbō 東尋坊

(set of six scenic views)

by Itō Nisaburō, c. 1960s

Arashiyama, Spring Scenery

IHL Cat. #2530

About These Postcards

Six woodblock-printed postcards designed by Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001), issued by Tōkōsha. It is likely these undated postcards were issued at about the same time as the postcard set Kurobe Gorge (IHL Cat. #2529), also designed by Itō Nisaburō

Each card carries the artist's "nisa" 二三 seal.

Tōjinbō Ooike
IHL Cat. #2530a
Oike Abyss Tojinbo

Fine Scenery of Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530b
A Cliff of Unique Beauty "Tojinbo"

東尋坊 千畳敷
Senjō-jiki, Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530c

Senjyo-Jiki Grand Rock Plain, Tojimbo

東尋坊 三段
Sandan heki, Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530d
Sandan-Iwa Precipitous Cliff, Tojimbo

Sunset, Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530e
A Sun-set Scene of Tojimbo

東尋坊 雄島
Ojima (aka Oshima and O Island), Tōjinbō
IHL Cat. #2530f
O-Jima Island. Tojinbo

About Tōjinbō
The Tōjinbō Cliffs are a Nationally Designated Place of Scenic Beauty composed of rare, pillared pyroxene andesite joints resultant from magma that cooled and hardened along the Echizen coastline, then was further shaped by being buffeted by ocean waves over the course of millions of years.

The cliffs derive their name from a legendary Buddhist monk from nearby Heisenji Temple (Katsuyama City), Tōjinbō, who was thrown from the cliffs to his death for his immoral behavior and carousing.

Oshima, long revered locally as the “Island of the Gods,” is home to an evergreen forest of Japanese cedar and cinnamon trees. Ominato, the Shinto god enshrined there, is celebrated every year during Oshima Festival, which boasts a 1400-year history.


 IHL Catalog #2530 (#2530a-f)
 Title Tōjinbō woodblock prints of scenic spots 東尋坊 竒勝 木版画 
 Series set of six woodblock print postcards
 Itō Nisaburō (1905-2001)
 not signed
"nisa" seal 二三 (on each postcard near title)
 Publication Date after 1963, likely before 1970
 Edition unknown
 Impression excellent 
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - minor wear to postcard folder
 Genre shin hanga (new prints); ehagaki (picture postcard)
 H x W Paper folder closed: 7 1/2 x 4 11/16 in. (19.1 x 11.9 cm)
 each postcard: 5 11/16 x 4 1/8 in. (14.4 x 10.5 cm)
 H x W Image 
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
7/25/2021 created