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Droopy-branch Cherry Trees at Daigo Temple at Sanpōin from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Droopy-branch Cherry Trees at Daigo Temple

at Sanpōin

from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, after 1953

Fine Weather After a Snowfall at Heian-jingu Shrine from the series New Views of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1120

About This Print

One of twelve small-size prints (approx. 5 x 6.5 in.) from the portfolio titled New Famous Places of Kyoto (志ん京都名所 Shin Kyōto meisho), designed by the artists Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977) and Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)*, and published by the New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society (新京都名所刊行会).

The two artists often collaborated and the publishing entity New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society, is likely a construct of the two artists.

This print depicts a family entering the grounds of the Daigoji temple with the weeping cherry trees in blossom.  

* It is unclear if Tokuriki actually designed any of the prints themselves as all the prints carry some version of Kamei's artist seal.

The Complete Portfolio

Six or more of the print designs in this portfolio seem to have also been issued at another time, possibly printed using different blocks. The website of The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online contains six of these prints, with each print visibly different from the prints in this collection. As with this collection's prints, their prints are not dated, but they attribute the prints to Kamei Genbei, a name used by Kamei after 1953, which helps narrow the publication dates to post-1953. 

Comparison of the Two Editions

This Collection's Print IHL Cat. #1120
Print from the website of The Agency of Cultural Affairs 
版画集 『新京都名所 [New Famous Places of Kyoto]』
原画 2
[Droopy-branch Cherry Trees at Daigo Temple in Sanpōin]
はんがしゅう しんきょうとめいしょ げんが 2 だいごさんぽういんいとざく
亀井 玄兵衞 (かめい げんべい) [Kamei Genbei (1901-1977)]
制作年不詳 [production year unknown]
本紙12.4×15.8cm (4.88 x 6.22 in.) /
ページ寸22.8×27.8 cm (size of page print is mounted on.)
The Agency of Cultural Affairs - Cultural Heritage Online
[from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama]

Daigo Temple

Source: japan-guide.com http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3940.html; Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daigo-ji; and KyotoJapanGuide.com http://kyotojapanguide.com/daigo-ji-temple/
Daigoji (醍醐寺) is an important temple of the Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism and a designated world heritage site. The large temple complex stands southeast of central Kyoto and includes an entire mountainside. The main temple grounds are located at the base of the mountain and are connected via a hiking trail to several more temple buildings around the summit. 

Daigo-ji was founded in the early Heian period. In 874, Rigen-daishi (Shōbō) founded the temple.  After having fallen ill and abdicated in 930, Emperor Daigo entered Buddhist priesthood at this temple. As a monk, he took the Buddhist name Hō-kongō; and shortly thereafter, died at the age of 46. He was buried in the temple, which is why his posthumous name was Daigo.

More than seven centuries after its founding, Toyotomi Hideyoshi held a famous cherry blossom viewing party called Daigo no hanami in 1598 at the Sambō-in sub-temple.

In the early spring, the many weeping cherry trees are one of the main attractions. At full bloom, these trees create flowing curtains of pink blossoms in several corners of the temple grounds.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1120
 Title Droopy-branch Cherry Trees at Daigo Temple at Sanpōin 醍醐三宝院糸桜
 Series New Famous Places of Kyoto 志ん京都名所
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 not signed
artist's tō seal 
 Date after 1953
 Edition unknown
 Publisher 新京都名所刊行会 New Famous Places of Kyoto Publication Society
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - minor foxing; backed with stiff paper (the original mounting trimmed); rubbing with minor image loss; paper loss lower right hand corner
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format yotsugiri
 H x W Paper 4 7/8 x 6  3/8 in. (12.4 x 16.2 cm)
 Collections This Print The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
 Reference Literature
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