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The Old Capital in Late Autumn

The actors Bandō Hikosaburō V as Ukiyo Tohai, Ichimura Kakitsu IV as Nozarashi Gosuke and Ichikawa Danzō VI as Rokuji Namuemon

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

The Old Capital in Late Autumn

by Sasajima Kihei, 1976

Sasajima Kihei (1906-1993)

IHL Cat. #1389

About This Print

Depicting the five-story pagoda at Tōji (East Temple) in Kyoto on a late autumn day.

Five storied pagoda at Tōjo
Source: website of japan-guidel.com http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e3919.html
Toji Temple (東寺, Tōji), literally "East Temple", was founded at the beginning of the Heian Period just after the capital was moved to Kyoto in the late 700s. The large temple, together with its now defunct sister temple Saiji ("West Temple"), flanked the south entrance to the city and served as the capital's guardian temples. Toji Temple is one of Kyoto's many UNESCO world heritage sites.

Across from the Kondo (the temple's main hall and largest building) and Kodo (a lecture hall) stands Tōji's five storied pagoda, which was originally erected by Kobo Daishi in 826. It stands 57 meters tall, making it the tallest pagoda in Japan, and has become a symbol of both the temple and Kyoto as it can be seen from many places across the city. The ground floor of the pagoda is irregularly opened to the public and houses four smaller Buddha statues.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1389
 Title The Old Capital in Late Fall
 古都晩秋 Koto banshū
 Sasajima Kihei (1906-1993)
 K. Sasajima in pencil by artist
 Seal of the Artist
笹 (artist's "sasa" seal)
 Publication Date
 1976 (39 of 200)
 the artist 
 Carver self-carved
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slight paper removal from previous hinging tape verso
 Genre sosaku hanga
 H x W Paper 19 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. (49..5 x 35.9 cm)
 H x W Image 16 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (42 x 29.8 cm)
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