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- Ushigome Kagurazaka (Evening at Ushigome) -

Koitsu Tsuchiya


The wonderful woodblock print 'Ushigome Kagurazaka' (Evening at Ushigome) is by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870–1949). Ushigome Kagurazaka is near present-day Kagurazaka, Shinjuku, Tokyo. This print depicts a nighttime scene where women with umbrellas come and go down a long, narrow alley wet with rain. The lanterns of Doi Kappo restaurant and the light inside the restaurant reflect on the rain-filled water surface, creating a soft glow that gives you a sense of nostalgia.

Dated in 1939 (Showa 14 nen). This is a later printing by Hamamatsu-do. (*Doi publisher changed their company name to Hamamatsu-do in 1963 until 1981.) Artist's signature "Koitsu" and the artist's red seal in the lower right corner of the image. Supervisor's seal "Keizaburo Yamaguchi" on the upper left margin. Carver name: Harada, Printer name: Seki, Copyright seal "Doi" (red seal); publisher seal "Hamamatsu-do" with a red seal on the lower left margin. Titled 'Ushigome Kagurazaka' and dated "Showa 14 nen 8 gatsu (printed in 1939, August) on the right margin. It comes with the original folder and an explanation paper in Japanese.


Technique: Woodblock
Paper size: 11 and 5/8 inches by 16 and 7/8 inches (29.5 x 43 cm)
Image size: 10 and 1/4 x 15 and 3/8 inches (26 x 39 cm)
Folder size : 14 and 1/2 inches by 20 and 1/4 inches (36.8 x 51.2 cm)
Sheet number: N/A
Date: 1939 (this is a later print, posthumous edition)
Signed: Artist's signature "Koitsu" and artist's red seal in the lower-left corner of the image.
Condition: Excellent condition, with typical printer's ink smudges on the margin; still tipped to the original folder.


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