Nagasaki Confucian Temple

Portrait of Shiga Naoya

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Nagasaki Confucian Temple

by Sekino Jun'ichirō, 1975

Portrait of a Boy (artist's son)

IHL Cat. #2200

About This Print

Always in love with rooftops, Sekino presents us with a tantalizing view of the rooftop of Kōshi-byō, the Chinese Confucian temple in Nagasaki. Where did he perch in order to give us this view?

Nagasaki Confucian Temple
Kōshi-byō (孔子廟) is a Confucian temple in Nagasaki, Japan. Today the land on which it stands is owned by the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo. First built in 1893 by Chinese residents of Nagasaki with the support of the Qing Dynasty government, the shrine was designed to serve as a place of worship and learning for the Chinese community, and housed a Confucian sanctuary and primary school. The buildings were severely damaged by the atomic bomb explosion on August 9, 1945 and were not restored and opened to the public until September 1967. The shrine was extensively renovated in 1982. Standing outside the shrine are 72 statues representing the 72 followers of Confucius.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2200
Nagasaki 長崎 [as printed lower right of image]
Print title normally shown as 長崎孔子廟 Nagasaki Kōshi-byō
Nagasaki Confucian Temple
 Sekino Jun’ichirō (1914 - 1988)
Jun. Sekino 
Jun seal 
 Publication Date 1975
 Edition open edition
 Publisher self-published
 Carver self-carved
 Printed printed by one of the artist's studio printers
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Miscellaneous paper watermarked with artist's name in center of bottom margin
 H x W Paper 16 1/8 x 21 1/2 in. (41 x 54.6 cm)
 H x W Image 12 7/8 x 18 1/4 in. (32.7 x 46.4 cm)
 Collections This Print 
 Reference Literature  Sekino Jun'ichirō hanga sakuhin shū 關野準一郎版画作品集 [Jun-ichiro Sekino The Prints], Sekino, Abe Shuppansha, 1997, no. 601, p. 121
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