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Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji from the series New Famous Places of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji from the series

New Famous Places of Kyoto

by Kamei Tōbei, after 1953

Ginkakuji Snow Scene from the series New Views of Kyoto

IHL Cat. #1123
(print is mounted on portfolio heavy backing paper which is trimmed almost to the  image)

IHL Cat. #2194
(print is trimmed to image and mounted on portfolio heavy backing paper)

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 provides us with a view of visitors to the temple grounds of Nishi Honganji established in 1602. Two pilgrims dressed in white with backpacks are seen on the right and a temple priest, head shaven and holding a red fan, walks off to the right while a woman with a parasol  walks off to the left, in the lower right corner. 

* 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. #1123 版画集 『新京都名所 [New Views of Kyoto]』 原画 4 
  西本願寺長辻 [Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji]
はんがしゅう しんきょうとめいしょ げんが 4 にしほんがんじながつじ
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13×16.1cm [5.12 x 6.34 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]

Nishi Hongan-ji

Nishi Hongan-ji (西本願寺 Nishi Hongan-ji) "Western Temple of the Original Vow" is one of two temple complexes of Jōdo Shinshū in Kyoto, Japan, the other being Higashi Hongan-ji, or "Eastern Temple of the Original Vow". Jōdo Shinshū is a school of Pure Land Buddhism, and today Nishi Hongan-ji serves as the head temple of the Jōdo Shinshū organization. 

Nishi Honganji was established in 1602 by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu split the main Honganji in Kyoto into two temples, Nishi Hongan-ji and Higashi Hongan-ji, in order to diminish the power of the Jōdo sect. Nishi Hongan-ji is listed as one of the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

View from Syomen Dori into complex

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1123 and #2194
 Title Nishihongan-ji Nagatsuji 西本願寺長辻
 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 IHL #1123 and #2194: excellent
 Colors IHL #1123: good; IHL #2194: excellent
 Condition IHL #1123: fair - minor foxing; backed with stiff paper trimmed to the image (the original mounting trimmed); rubbing with minor image loss
 IHL #2194: good - foxing in sky
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format yotsugiri
 H x W Paper IHL #1123: 4 7/8 x 6  7/16 in. (12.4 x 16.4 cm)
 IHL #2194: 4 13/16 x 6 3/8 in. ( 12.2 x 16.2 cm)
 IHL #2194 backing paper: 7 1/16 x 8 1/4 in. (17.9 x 21 cm)
 Collections This Print
 The Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama 
 Reference Literature
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