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Sado Traveler’s Journal

Manhattan Here & There

Japanese Book with Color Woodblock Prints

and Engravings  

Sado Traveler's Journal 佐渡紀行

by Miyashita Tokio, 1999

Backlit Fuji 逆光富士

IHL Cat. #1511

About This Book

Miyashita's limited edition book, published in 1999, of essays and prints about Sado Island 佐渡島 in the Sea of Japan off the coast of Niigita Prefecture. Bound into the book are four multi-color prints, woodblocks and combinations of woodblock and intaglio techniques, and six copperplate engravings. The heavy-weight paper used in the book was made by Yamada Shōkai located in the Higashichichibu Washi Center, Higashichichibu. In 2014, along with the neighboring village of Ogawa, Higashichichibu received UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Status for keeping the ancient traditions of Japanese paper making alive and flourishing.

Shown below is an example of a small (1 3/4 x 3 1/2 in.) copperplate engraving of a lighthouse appearing on page 14 of the book and an example of a woodblock print picturing the "v" shaped excavation at the Sado Gold and Silver Mine.

Twelve sets of all ten prints, each signed and titled by Miyashita, were also issued and not bound into books. These twelve sets appear to have been sold in conjunction with the first 12 numbered editions of the bound book. 

Listing of Books and Portfolios by Miyashita Published by Gohachi Shobō
This book is one of eight by Miyashita, as shown in the following table, published in conjunction with Gohachi Shobō, a publisher of folk art and fine art books founded in 1911, originally operating as an art shop, and with several interruptions, operating as a publisher until the end of 2003.

Note: For a detailed history of Gohachi see the post "A Collection of Korekushon" at https://uniqueatpenn.wordpress.com/2017/11/13/a-collection-of-korekushon/

source: Webcat plus http://webcatplus.nii.ac.jp/webcatplus/details/creator/45207.html; all translations are my own and subject to error

飛行機雲 : 版画と散文詩

Hikōkigumo: Hanga to sanbunshi

Contrail: Prints and Prose Poetry

宮下登喜雄 版画・文

Tokio Miyashita prints・text


Gohachi Shobō



Sado Kikō

Sado Traveler’s Journal

宮下登喜雄 版画・文

Tokio Miyashita prints・text


Gohachi Shobō


都会の憂愁 : 版画と随想

Tokai no yūshū: Hanga to zuisō

Melancholy of the City: Prints and Essays

宮下登喜雄 版画・文

Tokio Miyashita prints・text


Gohachi Shobō


犬と暮した十二年 : 愛犬ジュンの生涯

Inu to kurashita jūninen : Aiken jun no shōgai

Twelve Years Living with a Dog : The Life of My Dog Jun

宮下登喜雄 文・版画

Tokio Miyashita textprints


Gohachi Shobō



Manhattan achira kochira

Manhattan Here and There

宮下登喜雄 版画・文

Tokio Miyashita prints・text


Gohachi Shobō



Edo Tōkyō kawa to kurashi

Edo and Tokyo River and Life

宮下登喜雄 文・銅版画

Tokio Miyashita text・etchings


Gohachi Shobō



Boku no musashino

My Musashino

宮下登喜雄 版画と文

Tokio Miyashita prints and text


Gohachi Shobō



Hakushū shishō

Hakushū Kitahara Poetry

北原白秋 詩 ; 宮下登喜雄 銅版画

Hakushū Kitahara poetry; Tokio Miyashita etchings


Gohachi Shobō


The Woodblock Prints and Engravings Bound Into the Book

Aikawa rakujitsu
Sunset at Aikawa River
page 3
image size: 6 9/16 x  5 3/16 in. (16.7 x 13.2 cm)
Lighthouse over Senkakuwan Bay
page 14
image size: 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. (4.4 x 8.9 cm)

Stone monument
page 18
image size: 5 1/16 x 1 7/8 in. (12.9 x 4.8 cm)
Ishi koboshi
Stone acolytes - Jizou
page 19
image size: 3 x 4 5/8 in. (7.6 x 11.7 cm)

Kinzan Doyu no Warito
Sado Gold and Silver Mine Doyu Opening
page 27
image size: 6 3/16 x 5 1/8 in. (15.7 x 13 cm)
[V-shaped mountain-top split resulting from opencast mining in the Edo period]
Ishi koboshi
Stone acolytes
page 35
image size: 3 9/16 x 4 7/8 in. (9 x 12.4 cm)

Fishing village on Sotokaifu coast
page 39
image size: 6 1/8 x 5 in. (15.6 x 12.7 cm)
Fishing village
page 41
image size: 3 1/2 x 4 11/16 in. (8.9 x 11.9 cm)

Deity mask dance
page 44
image size: 4 1/8 x 4 11/16 in. (10.5 x 11.9 cm)
[Ondeko is a quintessentially Sado traditional performing art. It is offered on many occasions, rituals and festivals in Sado, to pray for the year's good harvest or catch, and the well-being of families.]
Noroma Ningyo
Noroma puppet theater
page 47
image size: 6 9/16 x 5 3/16 in. (16.7 x 13.2 cm)
[A Tangible Folk Cultural Property, in which the verses are spoken in an idyllic Sado dialect]

Table of Contents and Colophon

Table of Contents
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はしがき Introduction

佐渡の風土 Sado’s topography
小木・宿根木 Ogi・Shukunegi
流人文化 Wandering culture?
金銀宝の山 Doyu-no-warito
石小法師 Ishi koboshi
外海府 Sotokaifu (coast of Sado)
佐渡の芸能 Performing arts of Sado
佐渡で燃えた二人の男 unread

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版画・文・装訂・刊行 宮下登喜雄
Prints・writing・ cover design・ publication: Miyashita Tokio
印刷 栄光社 printer: Eikosha
製本 山田大成堂 bookbinding: Yamada Taiseidō
用紙 山田商会
paper: Yamada Shōkai Co. Ltd ・ Higashichichibu washi center 

発行 吾八書房 publisher: Gohachi Shobō
刊行 ー九九九年十月二十日 publication: October 20, 1999
第七回くらぶデときお刊本 The 7th book of the Tokio Club

Book Details

 IHL Catalog #1511
 Sado Traveler's Journal
 佐渡紀行 Sado kikō
 Miyashita Tokio (1930–2011)
T Miyashita in pencil on top of opening page
 not sealed
 Date 1999
 Edition 20 of 170
 Publisher Gohachi Shobō  吾八書房
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre ehon; shasei kikō (sketch-tour)sosaku hanga (creative print)
 H x W Paper overall book dimensions: 10 3/8 x 7 5/16 x 5/8 in. (26.4 x 18.6 x 1.6 cm)
 H x W Image
 Collections This Print National Diet Library JP番号 20049180
 Reference Literature 
last revision:
7/9/2021 created