Fuji from Okitsu Beach from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Fuji from Okitsu Beach

#23 from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1939-1940

Ejiri Harbor Ship Marina from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

IHL Cat. #775

About This Print

This 23rd print in the 36 print series depicts a lone cyclist making his way towards the end a concrete access route to Okitsu Beach.  A lone car sits at the end of the access way and across Saruga Bay looms Mount Fuji. This print is the original issue (first edition between 1939-1940) published by Uchida Woodblock Printing Company as part of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

The Series - Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Published by Uchida Bijutsu Shoten between 1939 and 1940, this 36-print set (plus an introductory sheet and a table of contents sheet) by Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000) is a more modern take on Hokusai's (1760–1849) famous series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (1826-1833). 

Tokuriki's series was extremely popular with domestic and foreign buyers who purchased one thousand copies within a short time after issuance.1  Various prints from this series were re-printed in subsequent years and subsets of the thirty-six prints were repackaged into newly named series, such as Eight Views of Mount Fuji and Four Season of Mount Fuji, released in the 1950s.  Later printings omit the information in the margin, modify Tokuriki's signature and change the seals below his signature appearing in the image area of the print.

1 Modern JapaneseWoodblock Prints - The Early Years, Helen Merritt, University of Hawaii Press, 1998, p. 89.

Format of Margin Annotations and Image Signatures and Seals of Original Edition
Source: Modern Japanese Prints: 1912-1989, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Press, 1994, p. 50.

 top right
series title
Fuji sanjūrokukei no uchi
(top right)

 below series title
title of print
 below print title
Tomikichiro Saku
(Made by Tomikichiro)
followed by round
Kiwame censor's seal1
 bottom right
Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi (Uchida Fine Art Shop) followed by,in seal form, Fukyo Fukusei (Reproduction forbidden)
 printed within image
Tomikichiro Saku
(Made by Tomikichiro)
followed by, in seal form,
Sanjūrokkei (Thirty-six Views) followed by, in seal form, Hanmoto Uchida (Publisher Uchida)
1 The kiwame (examined) censor's seal is an enlarged reproduction of the one used by government-appointed censors from 1790 onwards.

Mt. Fuji from across Saruga Bay

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #775
 Title Fuji from Okitsu Beach (also seen translated  as "Fuji from the Okitsu coast")
 興津海岸の冨士 Okitsu kaigan no Fuji
 Series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
 富士三十六景ノ内 Fuji sanjūrokukei no uchi
 Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000)
 Tomikichirō saku
 Seal no artist's seal (see above for information on various seals in margin and image)
 Date 1939-1940
 Edition original (first) edition
 Publisher  Uchida Bijutsu Shoten - Hanmoto Uchida (on print); Uchida Bijutsu Shoritsu han  and Reproduction not permitted on margin
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - heavy toning with mat line; small piece missing from top left margin; thinning  in four places top margin from removal of tape; several small spots within image
 Genre shin hanga (new print)
 Miscellaneous print #23 in the series
 Format horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 11 1/4 x 16 1/2 in. (28.6 x 41.9 cm)
 H x W Image
 10 3/8 x 15 1/8 in. (26.4 x 39.1 cm)
 Collections This Print Indianapolis Museum of Art 1995.98.23