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Tsuchiya Koitsu, Japanese, (1870–1949)
Sengakuji Temple, Takanawa, 1933
Ink on Paper
9 7/16 in. x 14 5/16 in. (239.71 mm x 363.54 mm)


Object Type: Print
Technique: Wood-block Printing
Period: Showa (Japan, 1926-1989)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Frederick S. Bailey
Accession Number: 54.1.113


Alternate Title: Tokyo fukei: Takanawa Sengakuji
Full Title: Scenes of Tokyo: Sengakuji Temple, Takanawa

Marks
Label on verso, upper right: Bai VI 9. On verso in pencil, lower edge: Koitsu, 1933, Takanawa Sengakuji Temple. On mat in pencil: Koitsu, Sengakuji Temple, Takanawa, 54.1.113. Signed: Koitsu. Artist's seal: Shin. Printer: Goto. Carver: Katsumura.

Medium
Colored ink on paper; woodblock print.

Object Description
Color woodblock print in modern Japanese style, with a very dark scene, showing the interior of a temple in the distance, by candlelight inside. The Buddhist temple where the 47 Ronin are enshrined is located in the southeast part of old Tokyo, and each year on the anniversary of the vendetta, the temple grounds are crowded with pilgrims and tourists. They say they come out respect for the loyalty and self-sacrifice demonstrated by the ronin. The temple of Sengaku-ji is usually included on day tours of the city organized by Japanese travel agents and historical associations. But residents of the neighborhood also come daily to honor these heroes, lighting incense and saying prayers for the respose of the ronin spirits. While the lithograph records the tourist site, Koitsu gives a sense of the quiet temple surroundings in after hours.

Publisher
Doi Sadaichi seal.

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