Daimonji from the series Thirty Subjects [Views] of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 


from the series Thirty Subjects [Views] of Kyoto

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1936

IHL Cat. #251

About This Print

This print, picturing the fires lit to celebrate the end of the O-Bon festival in Kyoto, is the original issue (first edition) published by Uchida Art Store (Uchida Woodblock Printing Company) in 1936 as part of the series Thirty Subjects [Views] of Kyoto.  Uchida mounted these prints on a display board with Tokuriki’s authentication seal on the reverse (see detail of board verso and label below.) These square format prints on board were part of a premium set of designs originally sold in a handmade box.  For an image of the box, please see Index for the series Thirty Subjects [Views] of Kyoto.

Uchida reissued this print after WWII (see below image) as part of the series Twelve Months of Kyoto (Kyo-meisho junikagetsu).

Mounting Board verso
Label with series title, artist's name and seal,
and publisher

Re-issued print, 1945
The Bonfire Festival of Daimonji Hill from Sanjo Bridge - August
from the series Twelve Months of Kyoto
Size: 10 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.

Daimonji Bonfire

Daimonji is one of the iconic festivals of Kyoto, Japan. It is the culmination of the O-Bon festival on August 16th, in which five giant bonfires are lit on mountains surrounding the city. It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members, who are said to visit this world during O-Bon, are believed to be returning to the spirit world.1

1 Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gozan_no_Okuribi

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #251
 Title 大文字 Daimonji 
 Series 京洛三十題 (Kyōraku sanjū dai)
 Thirty Subjects [Views] of Kyoto 
note: also seen translated as Thirty Aspects of Kyoto
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 徳力富吉郎 (Tokuriki Tomikichirō) lower left of image
 Seal no seal
 Date 1936
 Edition original (first) edition
 Publisher  Uchida bijutsu shoshi 内田美術書肆
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - light curling of backing board; losses at top right corner and top left edge of image; minor bubbling caused by separation of print from backing
 Genre shin hanga (new print)
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 10 11/16 x 9 1/2 in. (27.1 x 24.1 cm)
 Collections This Print
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