Twelve Months of Kyoto.
Tokuriki, Tomikichiro (illus).
Kyoto. Uchida Woodblock Printing Co., Ltd. No date. Ca. 1950.
Twelve color woodblock prints in paper mats as issued, each print sheet size 11 5/8 x 10 1/4 inches in mat 15 x 13 1/2 inches, in embossed paper-covered board presentation portfolio with ribbon tie. Prints in very good condition (December print has a vertical line of toning at the left edge, light creasing and two tears to the left corners of the mat; January has light toning and a crease to the mat, but not affecting the print). There is chipping to the upper and lower edges of the portfolio and paper loss to three small areas at the upper left corner of the portfolio cover. Overall a very nice copy of this lovely portfolio of twelve prints. Tomikichiro Tokuriki's evocative scenes of the eternal beauty of Kyoto which was spared bombing during the Second World War. This set was likely published shortly after the end of that war to appeal to the influx of foreigners and to the nostalgia of the Japanese people. "'Twelve Months of Kyoto' represents the ancient capital's twelve well known places, the seasonal beauties of which are so characteristically famous." The scenes in order are: Snow scene at the Byodoin Temple at Uji; The annual festival of the Fushimi Inari; Plum blossoms at the Kitano Shrine; Arashiyama Park, a famous scenic resort; The pagoda of the Yasaka; Rainy scene of the 'Sen-ke,' Japanee tea ceremony founder's house; Gorgeous procession of 'Yama-hoko' or the floats at the Gion Festival; The Bonfire festival of the Daimonji Hill viewed from the Sanjo Bridge; The old Imperial Palace; A full-moon night at the gate of the Chionin Monastery; The Willow tree at the gate of the Shimabara; Snow scene at the Golden Pavillion. Item #49135