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Gokokuji Temple in Koisihikawa #92 from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era

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Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Gokokuji Temple in Koishikawa (#92)

from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo

in the Showa Era

by Kishio Koizumi, 1937

IHL Cat. #106

About This Print

Number 92 of the one hundred prints that make up the series Showa dai Tokyohyakuzue (One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo During Showa).  Koizumi startedthis series in 1928 and completed it twelve years later in 1940. Note the print's title is in the right margin of this impression and in the left margin on the print in the Tokyo National Museum's collection pictured below.

For more information on this series see "The Series - One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo During Showa (Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue)" under the artist's biography.

Artist's Annotation

Source: MIT Visualizing Cultures website http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/tokyo_modern_02/annotation.html
In 1940, Koizumi created woodblock print charts containing print titles, dates, and comments for this series.  His comment for this print follows:

“In Tokyo there are a number of temples designated as national treasures. This is one.”

Other Impressions - Reference Images for this Print

TheNational Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-041

Gokoku-ji (護国寺) is a Shingon Buddhist temple in Tokyo's Bunkyō. It was established by the mother of the Shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.  In 1873, Emperor Meijideclared Gokoku-ji the Imperial mausoleum and several of his childrenare buried there, as well as Emperor Meiji himself. It remains theImperial mausoleum today.  Gokoku-ji is also famous as the central temple that oversees the practice of Japanese tea ceremony in all the country's temples.

Source: Wikipedia website http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gokoku-ji

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #106
 Title Gokokuji Temple in Koishikawa
 Series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era
 Showa dai Tokyo hyakuzue 昭和大東京百図絵
 Reference Number
 #92 (artist's annotated portfolio list from c. 1940)
 Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945)
 Koizumi Kishio (Roman letters) and Izumi 泉 in image and artist's pencil signature "Koizumi Kishio" in Japanese in right hand margin.
 Publication Date May 1937
 Edition unknownedition. This print has the series information in the right margin as opposed to the print (shown above) from The National Museum of Modern Art,Tokyo which has the series title in the left margin.
 Publisher  likely self-published; some sources list publisher as Asahi Press (see "The Publisher of the Series" under the artist's bio Koizumi Kishio.)
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - two pieces mounting tape verso.
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format dai oban
 H x W Paper 15 5/8 x 11 3/4 in. (39.7 x 29.8 cm)
 H x W Image 14 5/8 x 11 in. (37.1 x 27.9 cm)
 Collections This Print TheNational Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-041; Wolfsonian-Florida International University TD1993.69.1.25 and TD1993.69.1.8
 Reference LiteratureTokyo: The Imperial Capital Woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio,1928-1940, Marianne Lamonaca, The Wolfsonian-Florida InternationalUniversity, 2004. p. 99