- Museum number
- Object: Hanshin meisho zue 阪神名勝図絵 (Pictures of Celebrated Places in Osaka and Kobe)
'Hangajo' (folding album) of woodblock-prints. Thirty views near or in Kobe and Osaka by five artists, plus a map in antique Japanese style showing the location of the scenes depicted and a list of contents. Signed, sealed and inscribed.
- Production date
October 1916 (dated)
Height: 34.50 centimetres
Width: 24.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Smith 1994
The set consisted of thirty views near or in Kobe and Osaka, plus a map in antique Japanese style showing the location of the scenes depicted and a list of contents. Information comparable with the annotations on 'Owada' are found on each print from the set.
This example is in folding-album format, but Mitchell guessed correctly that the set was first issued in a series of portfolios. This was later confirmed by Johnson (Johnson, 1990, p. 28). The present author has seen a complete set of six portfolios of five prints each on sale in London, and the British Museum has examples of three of the portfolio covers, each of which has a small printed landscape by Akamatsu Rinsaku pasted to it.
This was one of the ambitiously illustrated travel-books produced by the publisher Kanao Tanejiro under his Bunendo imprint (at that time based in Tokyo). Here he used five artists all employed as illustrators by the Osaka 'Asahi Shinbun' newspaper; the other four are Akamatsu Rinsaku (1878-1953; 1986, 1021, 01.6), Hata Tsuneharu (1883-?), Mizushima Nihofu (sometimes called Nihou, 1884-1958) and Nagai Hyosai (1882-1945). Noda's view shows fishing boats at Owada, on the coast of Osaka bay where it turns south. Like his other designs in the series, it is in the revived traditionalist 'Nihonga' style, with the artist's point of view placed very high.
Other prints from 'Hanshin meisho zue' are published in:
Mitchell, C. H., "Hanshin Meisho Zue: A Little-Known Early Shin Hanga Series", 'Essays on Japanese Art Presented to Jack Hillier', Robert G. Sawers, London, 1982, pp. 118-24 (including Noda's 'Ashiya').
Johnson, Scott, "Sketch-tour books and prints of the early twentieth century", 'Andon', 37, 1990, pp. 3-33.
Merritt, Helen, 'Modern Japanese Woodblock Prints: The Early Years', University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1990.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
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’
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Seal of Seika Bunko Library on contents page. Purchased in Tokyo, 1990.
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: RV.145