Night Cherry Blossoms from the series Thirty Subjects [Views] of Kyoto

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Night Cherry Blossoms

from the series Thirty Subjects [Views] of Kyoto

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1936

Minami-za Kaomise

IHL Cat. #249

About This Print

This print, picturing the cherry trees at night in the Gion District of 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.

This same print, with modifications to the title, the addition of the artist's name 富吉郎 in the upper left of the print, the removal of the artist's seal in the lower left-hand corner and not mounted on a board, was later released as part of the series Collections of Eight Famous Places in Kyoto (Kyō miesho hasshū), a copy of which is shown below.

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

Re-issued print, post WW-II

Night Cherry Blossoms of Gion

Source: Japan National Tourist Organization website
Maruyama-koen Park is the oldest park in Kyoto City, situated on a natural hill. It models the kaiyu-style (walking around the pond) Japanese garden, and is one of the city's best leisure and scenic spots for cherry trees. In the center of the park, you can find the marvelous weeping cherry trees (shidare-zakura) named "Gion-no-yozakura," night cherry blossoms of Gion.

Cherry Trees at Night in Gion District

1 The publication date for this series has variously been listed as 1933-34, 1936, 1938 and 1939.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #249
 Title 夜ざくら (Yozakura)
 Night Cherry Blossoms
 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)
 not signed
 Seal tomi (lower left corner of image)
 Date 1936
 Edition original (first) edition
 Publisher  Uchida bijutsu shoshi 内田美術書肆
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - several foxing spots
 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 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 52.512 (later edition)
 Reference Literature 
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