The Coast Below Satta-Tōge from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The Coast Below Satta Tōge

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

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1939-1940

View of Hōeizan from the 4th Camp of Mount Fuji from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

IHL Cat. #419

About This Print

The most common English translation I've seen for this print, the 25th in the 36 print series, is "The Beach of Satta-Tōge" but, I think, a more accurate translation might be the "The Coast (or beach) Below Satta-Tōge," as  "Satta Tōge" is a reference to a high pass slightly inland from Saruga Bay.  Anyway, the view drawn by Tokuriki Tomikichirō (1902-2000) is similar to the below Hiroshige (1797–1858) print The Sea off Satta, Saruga Province from his Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji , 1858.   While Tokuriki has given us slightly smaller waves, his debt to his ukiyo-e predecessors is evident.

The Victoria and Albert Museum describes the setting for Hiroshige's print as follows:
"The Satta Pass and the wild sea below it was a well-known location on the Tokaido highway. This main route along the eastern seaboard of Japan connected Edo (modern Tokyo) and Kyoto. The pass was created in 1655 to improve the road at this point. Mount Fuji can be seen rising majestically in the background."

This Tokuriki print is the original issue (first edition) published by Uchida Woodblock Printing Company between 1939 and 1940 as part of his Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series.

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

Modern Japanese Prints: 1912-1989, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Press, 1994, p. 50.

top right
series title
Fuji sanjūrokukei no uchi

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 in seal form by Fukyo Fukusei (Reproduction forbidden)
printed within image
 Tomikichiro Saku
(Made by Tomikichiro) followed by, in seal form, Sanjurokkei (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.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #419
 Title The Coast Below Satta Tōge 
 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 good
 Condition fair - mat line and heavy toning within mat line; two spots top corners verso from previous folio mounting
 Genre shin hanga (new print)
 Miscellaneous print #25 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 38.4 cm)
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