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Evening Cherry Blossoms at Gion from the set Four Seasons of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Evening Cherry Blossoms at Gion

from the set Four Seasons of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, c. 1930s

Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)

IHL Cat. #1743

About This Print

A chuban size print depicting illuminated cherry trees in bloom in Kyoto's Gion district in the evening.  A large crowd of admirers are silhouetted along the bottom of the print. The cherry trees start to bloom sometime in mid- to late April in Gion.  The beauty of yozakura (night time cherry blossoms) is exceptional and popular places for cherry blossom viewing are illuminated at night.

This print is part of a set of five prints by the artist created for the famous soba shop Owariya 尾張屋 in Kyoto, which has been in business since 1465.  Four of the prints depict scenic views in and around Kyoto and the fifth depicts the Owariya.  Originally made in the 1930s, this set was reprinted for the celebration of the 15th generation household head of Owariya during the 1980s.  The Owariya name in kana をはりや appears on each of the prints as the publisher.   

As originally issued 

The re-issued set c. 1980s (the print of the Owariya is not shown)
clockwise from the top left: Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) in the Snow 金閣寺 雪景,
Ohara in Autumn 大原の秋Night Cherry Blossoms at Gion 祇園夜桜,
Evening Cool by the Kamagawa 加茂川夕涼

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1743
Evening Cherry Blossoms at Gion 
 Series/Set Four Seasons of Kyoto 京四季ノ内 [upper left corner of image]
 Kamei Tōbei  (1901-1977)
 not signed
 seal [upper right corner of image]
 Date undated but originally c. 1930s and then re-issued c. 1980s.
 Edition unknown
版元 をは
りや hanmoto Owariya [lower right corner of image]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre shin hanga (creative print)
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 6 1/4 x 8 7/8 in. (15.9 x 22.5 cm)
 H x W Image 5 13/16 x 8 9/16 in. (14.9 x 21.3 cm)
 Collections This Print The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama
 Reference Literature
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