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Kawanabe Kyosai (aka Gyosai), Japanese, (1831–1889)
Visiting the Inari Shrine for a Full Crop in Fall, 1863
Ink on Paper
15 in. x 30 in. (38.1 cm x 76.2 cm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Edo (Japan, 1615-1868)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marer
Accession Number: 93.3.164


Alternate Title: Dekiaki mansaku Inari mode

Commentary
Inari, the kami of the rice harvest, is one of Japan’s most popular deities since rice has been the country’s staple food for 2,000 years. In the Edo period wealth was measured in units of rice, so Inari is also worshipped as the deity of wealth and financial prosperity. There are thousands of Inari shrines throughout Japan, the main one being the Fushimi Inari Taisha (Great Shrine) near Kyoto, famous for its rows of red torii gates that line its pathways. In this print, people from all walks of life are visiting the large Inari Shrine at Ōji in northern Edo (modern Tokyo) in the springtime to pray for a bountiful harvest in the fall and for a prosperous year.

- Meher McArthur, January 7, 2021

Marks
Extensive Japanese text printed within the image. On verso: Chikamaro, D-2. Signed: Shosho Chikamaro. Censor's seal: Aratame and date (Inoshishi-ni) in one seal.

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Many small scenes of activity.

Publisher
Wakasaya Yoichi.

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