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Near Yanagibashi from the series Eight Views of Tokyo


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Near Yanagibashi

from the series Eight Views of Tokyo 

by Kasamatsu Shirō, originally 1954

IHL Cat. #34

About This Print

Kasamatsu gives a view across the Kanda River as night begins to fall. A yakatabune with its distinctive red lanterns is moored along the embankment. Once lined with geisha houses, Yanagibashi, part of the Asakusabashi area of Tokyo, is today filled with wholesale stores and doll shops. 

Modern day view of area near Yanagi bridge

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #34
 Title Near Yanagibashi
 柳橋附近  Yanagibashi fukin
 Series Eight Views of Tokyo
 東京八景の内 Tokyo hakkei no uchi
 Kasamatsu Shirō (1898–1991)
red Shirō seal
 Date originally published 1954
 Edition later post-1960 edition, as indicated by lack of date in Kanji on the bottom of the left margin.  (For more information on dating Unsōdō prints see the article Unsōdō Publishing.)
Unsōdō 芸艸堂
seal reading: 芸艸堂 版 Unsōdō han
[Marks: pub. ref. 566; seal not shown]
Shinmi Saburō 新味三朗
seal reading: 摺 新味 suri Shinmi
Nagashima Michio 長嶋道男
seal reading: 彫 長嶋 hori Nagashima
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Miscellaneous  "gei" 芸 watermark lower left corner. (The "gei" kanji is the first character of the name Unsōdō .)
 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format Oban tate-e
 H x W Paper 15 7/8 x 10 7/8 in. (40.3 x 27.6 cm)
 H x W Image 14 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (36.5 x 24.1 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature Catalogue Raisonné: U-88 as listed in Shiro Kasamatsu - The Complete Woodblock Prints, Dr. Andreas Gund, self-published by the author, 2001, Tokyo
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