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Pontochō Through Street II

Okubo Yutaka (1924-2008)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

 Pontochō Through Street, II

by Konishi Seiichirō, undated (c. 1970s)

Okubo Yutaka (1924-2008)

IHL Cat. #1433

About This Print

An early morning view of Pontochō alleyway connecting Shijo and Sanjo streets in Kyoto, famous for its shops and restaurants.  The street is empty except for a lone geisha.  

Konishi created two editions of this print as shown below.  The print on the right is noted as a a "private printing" (shikabanof 200 imressions and this collection's print, on the left, carries the suffix II after its title and was issued in an edition of 500 prints. Konishi has used different artist seals in the prints' lower right corners. 

Comparison between two editions of the print

Pontochō, Kyoto
Source: website of japan-guide.com http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3921.html

Pontocho (先斗町, Pontochō) is one of Kyoto's most atmospheric dining areas. It is a narrow alley running from Shijo-dori to Sanjo-dori, one block west of Kamogawa River. The alley is packed with restaurants on both sides offering a wide range of dining options from inexpensive yakitori to traditional and modern Kyoto cuisine, foreign cuisine and highly exclusive establishments that require the right connections and a fat wallet.

Pontochō today

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1433
 Title Pontochō Through Street 
 先斗町.通りぬけ II 
 Konishi Seiichirō (b. 1919)
 S. KONISHI printed in bottom margin
 Seal (of the artist)
誠 "sei"
 Publication Date undated (c.  1970s)
 Publisher self-published (3 of 500)
 Printer self printed 
 Carver self carved 自刻
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 6 7/8 x 8 3/8 in. (17.5 x 21.3 cm) 
 H x W Image 5 7/16 x 7 in. (13.8 x 17.8 cm)
 Collections This Print 
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