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Mt. Minō from the series Five Scenes of Tsukushi

Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)

 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Mt. Minō

from the series Five Scenes of Tsukushi,

by Sakamoto Hanjirō, 1970 (originally 1918)

Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)

IHL Cat. #1339

About This Print

This print by Sakamoto Hanjirō, picturing the Chikugo River in the foreground with the Minō Mountain Range on the horizon, is from the 1970 set of five prints titled Five Scenes of Tsukushi by the publisher Katō Junji.  The five prints are re-issues (using recut blocks) of the original 1918 prints issued as set six of the ten set series titled Japan Scenery Prints by the publisher Nakajima Jūtarō.  For a print from the 1918 original issue see Sea of Fire from the series Japan Scenery Prints, Set 6: Tsukushi District.

For pictures of both the original and re-issued set, see below. 

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 [Tsukushi district] is the most strikingly designed in the series, combining impressionist, abstract and Expressionistic elements into a characteristically forceful blend."

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)

Chikugo River Area Today

Chikugo River with Mino Mountain Range in background

Chikugogawa is the longest river in Kyushu that runs through southern Fukuoka Prefecture. This majestic river that flows into the Ariake Sea makes the ground here fertile. Here is a rice-production area blessed with clean water, with a plain that spreads over the Chikugo Basin around the main city of Kurume. This area attracts gourmets as it is a delicious sake production area, and the birthplace of pork ramen. Also, it has come into the spotlight for traditional handworks such as Kurume-gasuri and hand-made Japanese paper.

Source: Kurume Bureau of Tourism and International Exchange http://www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/en/event/?mode=detail&isSpot=1&id=402036000075
The Mino Mountain Range is located at the northern tip of Chikugo’s mountainous terrain. Comprised of Mt. Kora (312.3m [1,025 feet]), Mt. Mino (367.9m [1,207 feet])), Mt. Hosshin (697.5m [2,288 feet]) and Mt. Takatori (802m [2,631 feet]), the range extends west to east for about 30km (19 miles). The mountain terrain is quite rugged and is formed from 3 - 4 hundred thousand year old metamorphic rock.
While the northern slopes facing the Chikugo Plains have steep topography (a nicely preserved characteristic of faulted mountain terrain), the inclines of the southern slopes create a gentle mountainous terrain.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1339
 水縄山 Mt Minō [sometimes seen translated as Mt. Mizunawa]
 Title as given in table of contents for 1918 first edition:
 水縄山 みのうさん [Minō san - Mt. Minō]
 Subtitle as given in table of contents for 1918 first edition:
小森野より望む  こもりのよりのぞむ Komorino yori nozomu
 Series Five Scenes of Tsukushi [筑紫五景 Tsukushi Gokei]
 Sakamoto Hanjirō (1882-1969)
繁二郎 Hanjirō 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 1/8 x 10 1/2 in. (18.1 x 26.7 cm)
 H x W Image 6 3/4 x 9 5/16 in. (17.1 x 23.7 cm)
 Collections This Print Harvard Art Museum Arthur M. Sackler Museum 1974.102.47 (edition unknown)
 Reference Literature