Distant View of Fuji from Mount Asakuma, Ise from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Distant View of Fuji from Mount Asakuma, Ise

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

by Tokuriki Tomikichirō, 1939-1940

Fuji from Okitsu Beach from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji

IHL Cat. #410

About This Print

This 20th print in the 36 print series depicts what a visitor to this viewing area on Mount Asakuma would see on a clear winter's day, including Mount Fuji in the distance. The placard on the railing reads Fuji-san Yohai-sho or "a place to respect Mt. Fuji from afar."1  This print is the original issue (first edition) published by Uchida Woodblock Printing Company between 1939 and 1940 as part of the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.

1 Website of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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
Ise, Asakuma yori, Fuji embo
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.

Mount Asama in Ise

Source: National Parks of Japan website www.env.go.jp/.../nps/park/parks/iseshima.html
The view from Mt. Asama (555 meters above sea level), the highest peak in Ise-Shima National Park, is spectacular. You will be able to see Shima, Atsumi Peninsula, and Chita Peninsula in the distance as well as Mt. Fuji in winter.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #410
 Title Distant view of Fuji from Mount Asakuma, Ise
 伊勢朝熊山より富士遠望 Ise, Asakuma yori, Fuji embo
 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 富吉郎作
 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 good - mat line and toning within mat line; small tear bottom margin; two spots top corners verso from previous folio mounting
 Genre shin hanga (new print)
 Miscellaneous print #20 in the series
 Format horizontal oban
 H x W Paper 11 1/4 x 16 1/4 in. (28.6 x 41.3 cm)
 H x W Image
 10 3/8 x 15 in. (26.4 x 38.1 cm)
 Collections This Print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 56.248
 Reference Literature