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Morning at the Arayu Spa, Shiobara


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Morning at the Arayu Spa, Shiobara

by Kawase Hasui, originally 1946

IHL Cat. #22

About This Print

Catalogue Raisonné Entry

Source: Kawase Hasui; The Complete WoodblockPrints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, p. 120.
Arayu Hotsprings today
Catalogue Raisonné
image and entry
  485 Morning at the Arayu spa, Shiobara
[Toyado no asa (Shiobara Arayu)]
  Work of 1946
Hasui signature with Kawase Seal
Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo (Seal A)
Shiobara is in northern Tochigi prefecture

Arayu Hot Spring

Source: http://www.asahi-net.or.jp/~ue3t-cb/index_e/spa_e/nakanoyu_e/nakanoyu_e.htm

Arayu Hot Spring is along Nichien toll road (Nichien Momiji Line) from Shiobara to Kinugawa. Arayu Hot Spring resort is small.

ArayuHot Spring was built after Motoshiobara hot spring was destroyed by theearthquake. Naka-no-yu is in the central part of Arayu Hot Spring, andit is near to the crater.

There are many mixed bath in Arayu hotspring. However, Naka-no-yu is not mixed bathing. The ingredient of thewater is very strong as it's a natural hot spring. Everybody insert acoin in a slot which is installed at the entrance.

The watersmells of sulfur and it is muddy color. I think it is like a ShirahoneHot Spring in Nagano prefecture. The water temperature is very high(about 79 degrees).

If you feel the water very hot, you can addsome cold water to the bathtub from faucet. The regular bather saysthat you take eggs in to hot water for 10 - 15 minutes and they will behard boiled eggs. The strong sulfur in the water turns the eggshellblack.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #22
 Title Morning at the Arayu Spa, Shiobara
 湯宿の朝(塩原新湯)Tōyado no asa (Shiobara Arayu) 
 Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)
Hasui 巴水
 Seal Kawase seal (see above)
 Publication Date 1946
 Edition Likelyfirst edition with publishers 6mm round "A"-type seal printed in black inlower right corner of image. (For a full discussion of Watanabe publisher sealssee "Watanabe Publisher Marks, Seals and Editions")
Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Watanabe "A"-type seal (in use from approximately 1918-1924 and 1945-1957)
reading (in Katakana): 
ワタナベ Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good -  moderate overall toning; minor ink offsetting in margins; two dark 2" x 1/2" tape remnants along top verso
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format ōban tate-e
 H x W Paper 10 7/8 x 15 1/8 in. (27.6 x 38.4 cm)
 H x W Image 10 x 14 1/8 in. (25.4 x 35.9 cm)
 Collections This Print Los Angeles County Museum of Art M.73.37.291 (6mm seal lower right ofimage; The National Museum ofModern Art, Tokyo P00138-126 (6mm seal lower right of image)
 Reference LiteratureCatalogueRaisonné: Kawase Hasui; TheComplete Woodblock Prints, Kendall Brown, Amy Reigle Newland, Hotei Publishing, KITPublishers, 2003, p. 120, pl. 485
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