Kôitsu: Shibu OnsenKôitsu: Shibu Onsen
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Ishiwata Kôitsu (1897-1987)

An atmospheric evening scene in the streets of the traditional hot spring resort Shibu Onsen In Nagano prefecture.

Title: Nagano-ken, Shibu Onsen (The hot springs of Shibu in Nagano prefecture)

Series: Nihon Onsen hanga-shû (A collection of Japanese Onsen in woodblock prints)

Signature: Shôichirô

Seal: Shô

Publisher: Nihon Onsen Hanga-kai (by Katô Junji, Tokyo?)

Date: c. 1940

Size: Vertical Ôban, 36,7 x 25,6 cm (image size)

Excellent impression and colours. Paper only slightly age-toned. Verso at bottom edge a small paper thinning, else excellent condition.
A rare print. The series is possibly identical to the one described by Merritt/Yamada (Guide to Modern Woodblock Prints: 1900-1975, p. 45) as "Hot Spring Landscapes (Onsen fûkei), c. 1940". No further details known so far on this series.

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