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Near Shinjuku Station

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Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Near Shinjuku Station


by Sasajima Kihei, 1954

Sasajima Kihei (1906-1993)

IHL Cat. #2147

About This Print

The bustling area near Shinjuku Station a few years after the end of the occupation by American forces in 1952. Sasajima produced this print with traditional woodblock technique rather than his takuzuri technique of forcing paper into a deep-cut block with a press which he did not begin using until 1959.

"World War II damage reduced Shinjuku to rubble, leaving only the station, Isetan, and a few other buildings standing. The area rose from the ashes with a black market at Shinjuku Station’s east exit, set up on August 20, 1945, just five days after Japan’s surrender, with the slogan “The Light Shines from Shinjuku.” An essential location for the people of the war-battered city, it sold food, clothing, and daily goods, and included places to eat and drink and various kinds of entertainment."

Shinjuku Station East Exit in the 1950s. (Courtesy Shinjuku Historical Museum)
image source: website of Nippon Communications Foundation

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2147
 Title or Description Near Shinjuku Station Neighborhood 
 新宿駅附近 Shinjuku-eki fukin
 Sasajima Kihei (1906-1993)
K. Sasajima
 Seal of the Artist
笹 (artist's "sasa" seal)
 Publication Date
 Edition 44/50
 the artist 
 Carver self-carved
 Printer self-printed
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition good - overall light toning; pea-size spots of foxing
 Genre sosaku hanga
 H x W Paper 16 3/4 x 21 3/8 in. (28.9 x 24.1 cm)
 H x W Image 14 5/8 x 19 1/8 in. (23.8 x 19.4 cm)
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last revision:
5/22/2021 created