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Showa Period (1926-1989)

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Tokuriki Tomikichiro, Japanese, (1902–1999)
Futami Beach, Ise, c. 1930
Ink on Paper
10 5/16 in. x 15 in. (261.94 mm x 381 mm)

Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Accession Number: 97.1.13

Alternate Title: Ise Futamigaura

Small label in the lower right of verso: #9. On paper envelope: "published 1930's by Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi." Signed: Tomikichiro.

Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Showa period Japanese color woodblock print with an image of the ocean. These "wedded rocks" near Ise Shrine are a popular destination for newly married couples who pray for future happiness. The small shrine buildings at right accept their offerings and nowadays sell various souvenirs to busloads of visitors who are making a pilgrimage to the nearby Grand Shrine dedicated to the Sun Goddess Amaterasu. This print was probably intended for such honeymooning tourists in the 1930's but also reminds them of the Shinto belief that the Japanese imperial family is descended from Amaterasu.

Uchida Bijutsu Shoshi.

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