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Kami Harbor from the series Five Scenes of Tsukushi

Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kami Harbor

from the series Five Scenes of Tsukushi,

by Sakamoto Hanjirō, 1970 (originally 1918)

Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)

IHL Cat. #1391

About This Print

This print by Sakamoto Hanjirō, depicting Kami Harbor in Kōnominato, Fukuoka Prefecture [likely with Kusasaki (right) and Katsu Island (center) and Jinoshima Island (left, far background)], is from the 1970 set of re-issued prints (from recut blocks) titled Five Scenes of Tsukushi by the publisher Katō Junji.  This set was originally issued in 1918 as part six of the six set series titled Japan Scenery Prints by the publisher Nakajima Jūtarō.  
A current view of the area depicted by the artist

Notes of Lawrence Smith on Japan Scenery Prints
Source: Modern Japanese Prints 1912-1989, Lawrence Smith, British Museum Press, 1994, p. 42.
"Tsukushi is the ancient name of the area north-west of Kyushu [in the area of Chikuzen and Chikugo provinces] where Sakamoto was born. Sakamoto was rarely involved with sheet-prints, but like his colleagues on this series he had worked as a cartoonist and illustrator and had been a collaborator on the magazine Hōsun hence he was well used to graphic techniques. Indeed, his set is the most strikingly designed in the series, combining impressionist, abstract and Expressionistic elements into a characteristically forceful blend."

The Prints as Originally Issued in 1918 and As Reissued in 1970
Set Number Six, Tsukushi district
from the series Japan Scenery Prints, 1918
Sakamoto Hanjirō
As originally issued by Nakajima Jūtarō
Five Scenes of Tsukushi (筑紫五景 Tsukushi Gokei)
Sakamoto Hanjirō
As published in 1970 by Katō Junji (aka Kata Junzō) of Nihon Hanga Kenkyūsho (Kenkyūjo) (Katō Print Institute)

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1391
Kami Harbor 神湊 [can also be read as Kōnominato]
Title as given in table of contents for 1918 first edition:
神の湊 かみのみなと [Kami no minato - Kami Harbor]
Subtitle as given in table of contents for 1918 first edition:
玄海灘を遠望  げんかいなだをえんぼう
 Series Five Scenes of Tsukushi [筑紫五景 Tsukushi Gokei]
 Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)
繁二郎 Hanjir
ō seal (right margin)

unread artist's seal (below print title)
 Publication Date
 1970 (originally 1918)
 Edition 2nd
版元 加藤版画研究所 (embossed in right margin)  hanmoto Katō hanga kenkyūjo [Kato Print Institute, Katō Junji] [Marks: pub. ref. 219; seal not shown] 
originally by Nakajima Jūtarō 中島 重太郎 of the Japan Scenery Prints Association 日本風景版
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - mounted in original presentation mat
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative print)
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 7 9/16 x 10 1/2 in. (19.2 x 26.7 cm)
 H x W Image 6 13/16 x 9 1/4 in. (17.3 x 23.5 cm)
 Collections This Print Carnegie Museum of Art (1918 edition)
 Reference Literature