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Object: Shinjuku yakei 新宿夜景 (Night View of Shinjuku)
Series: Tokyo kaiko zue 東京回顧圖會 (Scenes of Last Tokyo)
Colour woodblock print. Man dressed in hat and overcoat standing with back to viewer, with car passing by, and buildings and towers in background. Inscribed, sealed and signed.
- Production date
- December 1945
Height: 22.90 centimetres
Width: 27.90 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Smith 2002
As in 1980, 1227, 018, 14, Maekawa re-used a design done in 1931 for the series 'One Hundred Views of New Tokyo' with new blocks, probably cut by himself. The rich dark-blue of the night sky in the original version has been replaced by grey, investing the scene with an appropriately post-war bleakness. At the time of the first series, however, Shinjuku had become known as the most go-ahead and 'modern' of Tokyo districts (See Seidensticker, Edward, 'Tokyo Rising: The City Since the Great Earthquake', New York, 1990, pp. 50-53, for an account of the post-earthquake rise of Shinjuku), and had begun its rise to rival the older centre of the city around Ginza and Marunouchi. Maekawa's cartoonist's eye seems even then to have noticed something ironically lonely about the atmosphere of a place with thousands of bars.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2002, 4 Sep-1 Dec, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japanese Prints during the Allied Occupation 1945-1952'
2009 Jul 1-Oct 25, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
2012 Jun – Oct, BM Japanese Galleries ‘Japan from Prehistory to Present’
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