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Moon at Chūshojima from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Moon at Chūshojima

from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, after 1953

Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji from the series New Views of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1122

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 residents of Chūshojima walking or "rickishawing" across one of the bridges over the Takasegawa canal which connects with the Uji River.  Canal boats are seen plying the canal.

* 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.

Chūshojima Today

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1122
 Title Moon at Chūshojima 中書島の月
 Series New Famous Places of Kyoto 志ん京都名所
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 not signed
artist's unread seal と?
 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 good - minor foxing; backed with stiff paper (likely the original mounting trimmed); overall toning
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format yotsugiri
 H x W Paper 4 13/16 x 6  7/16 in. (12.2 x 16.4 cm)
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