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Tourists Arriving on the Pier in Kobe

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tourists Arriving on the Pier in Kobe

by Kawanishi Hide, c. 1941

Wada Sanzō (1883-1967)

IHL Cat. #2149

About This Print

Western tourists arriving in Kobe. The pier would have been lined with rickshaw drivers awaiting fairs. In commenting on this print Osaka Prints1 notes, "This design is one of a handful that, in 19512, Hide carved but then allowed the Tokyo-based Katō Hanga Kenkyusho (a publishing firm founded 1930 by Katō Junji specializing in contemporary artists) to print and publish for him. The image of foreigners arriving at Kobe port and hiring rickshaws is a very different re-working in a far larger and vertical format of a similar theme among his smaller mid-1930s "100 Views of Kobe" scenes [see image below]. Although one might be tempted to read some 'spoiled rich Westerners' social commentary into the scene, Kawanishi is known to have pitied the tourists for how badly the rickshaw men cheated them!"

観光団上陸 (Touris Group Landing),from 神戸百景 (One Hundred Views of Kobe),  July 1935
image source: Kobe City website https://www.city.kobe.lg.jp/information/public/online/hyakkei-hanga/hyakkei27.html

1 OsakaPrints.com https://www.osakaprints.com/index.htm is the website of Peter Ujlaki and John Fiorillo
Katō hanga dates this print to c. 1941 on their website

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #2149
 Title/Description Tourists Arriving on the Pier in Kobe
 Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965)
 not signed
 ひで (Hide in kana

 Publication Date c. 1941 (date taken from the website of Katō hanga which continues to offer this print for sale)
 Katō hanga 加藤版画 (Katō Hanga Kenkyusho)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga
 H x W Paper 15 1/2 x 11 7/16 in. (39.4 x 29.1 cm) 
 H x W Image 13 1/8 x 9 5/8 in. (33.3 x 24.4 cm)
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last revision:
5/27/2021 created