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Thistle from the book Nihon no Hana


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Thistle from the book Nihon no Hana: Shikashū

by Kawakami Sumio, 1946

Lamps, clock and geisha

IHL Cat. #603

About This Print

Originally issued for the 1946 poetry and print book Flowers of Japan: Anthology of Poems [Shikashū: Nihon no Hana], edited by Onchi Kōshirō (1891-1955) and published by Fugaku Honsha in 1946, this print is one of three prints, along with White Plum by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960) and Rose by Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965), that were pasted into the book. Other designs were printed directly onto the pages using woodblock. In addition to the four artists who contributed print designs (Kawanishi, Kawakami, Maekawa and Onchi), quite a few poets contributed work including Satō Haruo (1892-1964), Kitahara Hakushū (1885-1942), Noguchi Yonejirō (1875-1947), Kaoru Maruyama (1899-1974), Tatsuji Miyoshi (1900-1964), Ruyko Kawaji (1888-1959), Andō Ichirō (1907-1972), and Onchi.  "There are thirty poems on the theme of Japanese flowers, and all are accompanied by a realistic illustration.  Onchi did the illustrations for twelve poems, including that for his own poem entitled Tennanshō (Taro)."1

For other prints from this book in the collection see Rose and White PlumTo see a complete copy of the book go to the Smithsonian website https://pulverer.si.edu/node/462/title/1

Nihon no Hana cover
Nihon no Hana

1 "Illustrated Books and Magazines by Onchi Kōshirō" Robert Vergez, appearing in Andon (Bulletin of the Society for Japanese Arts and Crafts), Vol. 5, No. 18, 1985.

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #406
 Title Thistle (Azami)
 Series originally created for the book Flowers of Japan: Anthology of Poems [Shikashū: Nihon no Hana] 詞華 日本の花
 Sumio Kawakami 川上澄生 (1895-1972)
 Seal sumi
 Publication Date 1946
 Edition unknown - it is likely that many of the individual prints were separately editioned
 Publisher  Fugaku Honsha 富岳本社  [as shown on the book's colophon]
 Printer 一乘道明 [as shown on the book's colophon]
 Carver 上村益郎 Uemura Masurō [as shown on book's colophon]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 6 3/4 x 5 1/4 in. (17.1 x 13.3 cm)
 Collections This Print British Museum 1989,0314,0.108 (copy of Nihon no Hana); Smithsonian Institutions Freer and Sackler FSC-GR-780.500.1-2 (copy of Nihon no Hana)