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Seto Inland Sea, Tomonotsu

Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Seto Inland Sea, Tomonotsu

by Tsuchiya Kōitsu, originally 1940

Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)

IHL Cat. #1517

About This Print

The harbor at Tomonotsu in the waning glow of sunset.  This image, originally published in the summer of 1940, is one of the artist's most famous and was reprinted numerous times by the publisher, Watanabe Shōzaburō, including one edition using re-carved blocks. This collection's print bears Watanabe's round 7mm seal indicating a later edition.  The paper type, the coloration of the print and the presence of the date in the left-hand margin, point to a mid-1950s to mid-1960s impression.


Tomonoura (鞆の浦), formerly known as Tomonotsu (鞆の津), is a port in the Ichichi ward of Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. It stands on the southern point of the Numakuma Peninsula, 14 kilometers south of Fukuyama Station. Tomonoura has been a prosperous port since ancient times. Its unique circular harbor was preserved even after modern port facilities were introduced. Tomonoura lies within Tomokōen (鞆公園), which forms part of the Setonaikai National Park. In 2007, the port was listed as one of the top 100 scenic municipalities in Japan and its harbor was listed as one of the top 100 historical natural features in Japan.

Tomonoura (formerly called Tomonotsu) today

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #1517
 Title Seto Inland Sea, Tomonotsu
 瀬戸内海 鞆之津 ((鞆の浦) Setonaikai Tomonotsu (Tomonoura)
 Tsuchiya Kōitsu (1870-1949)
ōitsu 光逸 followed by shin 真 seal
 Seal shin 真 (see Signature above)
 Publication Date 昭和十五夏 originally issued summer of 1940.  This print is a later impression bearing the publisher's round 7mm "I"-type seal, as shown under Publisher below.
 Edition original edition bears the Watanabe "G"-type seal in use from approximately 1934-1941.
 Publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō
lower right corner of image: Watanabe "I"-type seal (in use from approximately 1957-present)
reading (in  Katakana):  
ワタナベ Watanabe Shōzaburō
 Carver unknown
 Printer unknown
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent 

 Genre shin hanga (new prints)
 Format oban tate-e
 H x W Paper 15 5/8 x 10 1/2 in. (39.7 x 26.7 cm)
 H x W Image 14 1/4 x 9 5/8 x in. (36.2 x 24.4 cm)
 Collections This Print Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 52.45
 Reference LiteratureThe Catalogue Raisonne of Tsuchiya Koitsu Meiji to Shin-Hanga, Watercolours to Woodblocks, Ross F. Walker and Toshikazu Doi, Ohmi Gallery Publishing, 2009;  Koitsu.com site reference TK-WN-8
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