Evening View of Hamaōtsu from the series New Eight Views of Ōmi

Sanjō Bridge

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Evening View of Hamaōtsu

from the series New Eight Views of Ōmi

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, c. 1950-1960s (orig. c. 1937)

Drawbridge of Amsterdam

IHL Cat. #2064

About This Print

Evening scene of the boardwalk at the ferry landing in the harbor at Hamaōtsu on Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture. This print is part of the set titled New Eight Views of Ōmi (shown below), an updated set of views of the classic Eight Views of Ōmi (the area around Lake Biwa in Omi Province). There are at least three editions of this print as shown below. What I believe to me the earliest edition, possibly published in 1937, appears on the left with the two subsequent editions to its right displaying increasingly less detail in the background. The earliest edition of this print appeared in the 16 print set  Eight Views of Omi and Lake Biwa Scenery 近江八景と琵琶湖風景. As with many of Tokuriki's designs made for Uchida Publishing, this print was included in several print sets (portfolios) under different titles.

Otsu port today
image source: http://htfjsw2012.blogspot.com/2015/02/blog-post_24.html

New Eight Views of Ōmi

clockwise from upper left:
Yabashiri in Early Spring (矢走の早春)
Evening View of Hamaōtsu (浜大津夕景),
Full Moon at Ishiyama Temple (石山寺名月)
Mount Hira Covered with Evening Snow (比良山)
Lake Biwa Viewed at Miidera Temple (三井寺より湖水を望む)
Pine Trees of Shinkarasaki (新唐崎の松)
Katata Ukimidō Temple (かた田浮御堂)
Shiraga Shrine (白髪の社)

The Eight Views of Ōmi
source: "Japanese Aesthetic Influences on Early 20th-Century Art Education: Arthur Wesley Dow and Ernest Fenollosa", Betty Lou Williams, appearing in Visual Arts Research, Vol. 39, No. 2, University of Illinois Press, 2013, p. 110. 
"The Eight Views of Ōmi dates back as far as the Chinese Song (960–1279) and Yuan (1271–1368) dynasties when the subject was originally conceived as the Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang. The Japanese derived series (The Eight Views of Omi) depicts the area surrounding Lake Biwa, emphasizing natural splendor, the changing seasons, weather conditions, and time of day."

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2064
 Title/Description Evening View of Hamaōtsu
 濱大津夕景 [浜大津夕景] Hamaōtsu yukei
 Series New Eight Views of Ōmi 
 Shin Ōmi hakkei 新近江八景 
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
富吉ロ Tomikichirō
 Date this edition likely c. 1950-1960s; originally c. 1937
 Edition later, possibly 3rd
 Publisher Uchida bijutsu shoshi 内田美術書肆 [note: there is no publisher's mark on print]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - several spots in sky, discoloration lower left margin
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format shikishiban
 H x W Paper 11 5/8 x 10 5/16 in. (29.5 x 26.2 cm)
 H x W Image
 11 1/8 x 9 7/8 in. (28.3 x 25.1 cm)
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latest revision:
4/26/2021 created