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Snow at Toshogu Shrine, Ueno from the series Famous Views of Tokyo


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Snow at Toshogu Shrine, Ueno

from the series Famous Views of Tokyo

by Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1879

(c. 1950s reprint)

IHL Cat. #24

About This Print

This print was made in the 1950s by the Kyoto publisher Maria Shobo from recut woodblocks, copying the original 1879 design. Two series of Kiyochika designs, each consisting of 12 prints were issued.  The recut prints generally, but not always, have the publisher's identifying Ma character beneath the cartouche in the print's margin.  Maria Shobo was established in 1924 and continues to publish books.

This print was originally issued as part of a loosely constructed series Famous Views of Tokyo (Tokyo meisho) consisting of 93 prints issued from 1876-1881 by two publishers, Matsuki Heikichi and Fukuda Kumajirô.  For additional information on this series see "Early Woodblock Prints: The Series Famous Views of Tokyo (Tokyo meisho) 1876-1881" on the Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) page.

1879 printing
  1950s print from recut blocks (this collection's print)

Toshogu Shrine

The Toshogu Shrine, built in remembrance of Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1627, is reached by a small path seamed by 256 stone- and bronze-lanterns. It is the historical pride of Ueno Park. Built in 1627 and remodeled 24 years later, it has hardly been touched since. It was undamaged in the battle of 1868 - an irony as the shrine is dedicated the memory of the first shogun, Tokugawa Ieyasu, who wrested power away from the Emperor and established Edo as the capital.

Ueno Park's most famous religious structure, dedicated to Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa shogunate. The shrine was erected in 1651 by Ieyasu's grandson and, like Nikko's Toshogu Shrine, is ornately decorated with brilliant red, blue, green, and gold ornamentation. The pathway leading to the shrine is lined with massive stone lanterns, plus 50 copper lanterns donated by feudal lords from throughout Japan.


Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Snow Scene at Toshogu Shrine, Ueno (Ueno Toshogu Sekisetsu no Zu)
清親 上野東照宮積雪之図
 Series Famous Views of Tokyo (Tokyo meisho)
 Artist  Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915)
Kobayashi Kiyochika hitsu 小林清親筆
 Seal  none
 Publication Date originally July 1879 (Meiji 12) by Fukuda Kumajirô.  This print c. 1950
Maria Shobo マリア書房, Kyoto (The publisher's single katakanacharacter, マ (Ma) normally appearing just below the margin cartouche, as shown below, is absent from all copies of this reprint.)
 Edition c. 1950s from recut blocks
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - minor mounting residue top margin verso from original folio mounting
 Genre ukiyo-e; meisho-e; fukusei-ga
 Format horizontal oban
 H x W Paper
 9 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. (23.5 x 35.2 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 1/8 x 12 3/4 in. (20.6 x 32.4 cm)
 Kiyochika: Artist of Meiji Japan, Henry D. Smith II, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1988, p. 127, fig. 140
 Collections This Print
British Museum 1948,0410,0.119 (1879 printing); LosAngelesCounty Museum of Art M.71.100.799 (1879 printing); Santa BarbaraMuseum of Art 1986.63.1 (1879 printing); Museum of Fine Arts Boston 50.426 (1879 printing)

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