Sanza no sakawe from the series Eight Views of the Eastern Capital

Depiction of three battles between the armies of the daimyo Shingen Takeda and Kenshin Uesugi

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Sanza no sakawe from the series

Eight Views of the Eastern Capital

by Utagawa Yoshitora, 1871

Steam Train at Takanawa Seashore, Tokyo

IHL Cat. #2368

About This Print

Picturing Tokyo's (the Eastern Capital) theater district along Saruwaka Street crowded with customers, this print features two geisha in the foreground whose names (unread) are shown in the red rectangular cartouches. The large lantern on the right bears the name Omotakaya as does the box being held by one of the geisha. Banners along the street announce the performances and actors and the name of the actor Sawamura Tosshō 沢村訥舛 can be seen on the first banner on the left.

This collection's print on the left displays poor registration as compared with another impression on the right.
Also note the absence of the artist's seal in the signature cartouche on this collection's print,
suggesting it was hastily produced as a trial print perhaps.
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About The Series - Eight Views of the Eastern Capital
The most interesting thing about these prints are the romaji titles in the cartouches next to the series title in the upper right-hand corner. They are complete with misspellings, sometimes making them unintelligible. A complete set of the eight prints is shown below and variant printings are known, including a night-time version of the print "Asakusa no toshin uichi". 

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Sanza no sakawe
 三座の栄 (さんざのさかえ) Sanza no sakae
 The Three Theaters in Saruwaka
 Series Eight Views of the Eastern Capital
 東都八景之内 (とうとはっけいのうち) Tōto hakkei no uchi
 Artist Utagawa Yoshitora (fl. c. 1836-1882)
画 Yoshitora ga
no seal
 Publication Date
date aratame censor seal
1871 (year of the goat), 6th month 未六改
Sawamuraya Seikichi 沢村屋清吉
seal reading: い (i)
[Marks: pub. ref. 459; seal ref. 08-020]
彫銀 Hori gin
 Impression fair - poor registration
 Colors good
 Condition fair - overall toning
 Genre ukiyo-e
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 13/16 x 10 in. (37.6 x 25.4 cm)
 H x W Image 13 1/16 x 8 3/4 in.  (33.2 x 22.2 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Japan Arts Council NA0076554000
last revision:
4/11/2021 created