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Kototoi at Sumida Park #25 from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo in the Showa Era

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Kototoi at Sumida Park (#25)

from the series One Hundred Pictures of Great Tokyo

in the Showa Era

by Kishio Koizumi, 1932

IHL Cat. #638

About This Print

Number twenty-five 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.  Sumida Park is in the foreground with the Kototoi Bridge, built in 1928 and reconstructed after WWII, in the background.

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:

“The Takeya ferry once crossed the Sumida River from here. Now the only reminder of the former look of the old river bank is the stone lantern. Now there is a modern park along the river.”

The area today with the Kototoi Bridge in the background

Other Impressions - Reference Images for this Print

KOIZUMI, Kishio   1893 - 1945
Sumida Park in Kototoi, Mukojima
(No.25 of "One Hundred Scenes from Tokyo Metropolis in the Showa Period")
color woodcut on paper   28.5×37.6
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

Image with series title and date along right hand margin

Sumida Koen

A small park along the Sumida Gawa, across the river from Asakusa in Mukojima. Known for its cherry blossoms, which are illuminated in the evenings during hanami season, cherry trees were originally planted in this area by Tokugawa Yoshimune (1684-1751), the eighth Shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate. Following the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, the banks of the river were reformed into a Reconstruction Park as a symbol of reconstruction, providing an urban open space and an evacuation area in case of disaster.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #638
 Title Kototoi at Sumida Park
 Sumida kōen Mukojima Kototoi 墨田公園 向島言問
 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
 #25 (artist's annotated portfolio list from c. 1940)
 Koizumi Kishio (1893-1945)
 Izumi character 泉 in image
 Publication Date April 1932
 Edition unknown
 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 good - moderate toning with 1/4" diameter brown spot (likely a printing defect) in sky.
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format dai oban
 H x W Paper 11 7/8 x 15 1/2 in. (30.2 x 39.4 cm)
 H x W Image 11 1/4 x 14 3/4 x in. (28.6 x 37.5 cm)
 Collections This Print TheNational Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo P00131-052; Carnegie Museum of Art 89.28.838.1
 Reference LiteratureTokyo: The Imperial Capital Woodblock prints by Koizumi Kishio,1928-1940, Marianne Lamonaca, The Wolfsonian-Florida InternationalUniversity, 2004, p. 95; Modern Japanese Prints: The Twentieth Century, Amanda T. Zehnder, Carnegie Museum of Art, 2009, p.94.