Selection of Scenes from Japan: Uchiyamashita in Okayama
(Nihon fukei senshu: Okayama Uchiyamashita)
signed Hasui with artist's circular seal Kawase, the series title hand-sealed on the left-hand margin, Nihon fukei senshu, followed by the print title in the keyblock, Okayama Uchiyamashita, and the date Taisho juninen saku (made in Taisho 12 ), printed post-September 1923 earthquake
aiban tate-e 11 7/8 by 9 in., 30.2 by 22.9 cm
The keyblock for this print somehow survived the fire after the Great Kanto Earthquake and was used to complete the print when Watanabe was able to resume production. This impression, lacking a publisher seal but bearing the series title cartouche, which is generally considered an indicator of an early printing for this series, varies only slightly from most versions with Watanabe's round publisher seal in which the figure on the lower right corner usually has a rosy-red striped kimono, rather than the muted aubergine striped kimono as found here. Curiously, there are a number of impressions extant which lack the publisher seal but appear to be of the period, such as this one, which is one of only two recorded with the series title cartouche, both not sealed by Watanabe (Abe, 2017). As the presence of the series title cartouche seal suggests this impression is quite early, one could surmise that the minor change to the color of the kimono was a subtle improvement implemented by Watanabe's printers with (slightly) later printings.
Narazaki Muneshige, Kawase Hasui mokuhanga shu, 1979, pl. 112
Irwin J. Pachter, Kawase Hasui and His Contemporaries, 1986, p. 95, pl. 31
Lawrence Smith, Modern Japanese Prints, 1912-1989, 1994, cat. 38, pl. 41
Kendall H. Brown, Kawase Hasui: The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003, p. 27, illus. p 335, pl. 112
Kawase Hasui Woodblock Prints, Abe Publishing, 2017, p. 93, no. 146 (with series title cartouche)
(inv. no. C-3247)
Scholten Japanese Art is open Monday - Friday, and some Saturdays by appointment only
Contact Katherine Martin at
(212) 585-0474 or email
to schedule a visit between 11am and 4pm preferably for no more than two individuals at a time.
Visitors are asked to wear face masks and practice social distancing at their discretion.
site last updated
October 21, 2021
Scholten Japanese Art
145 West 58th Street, suite 6D
New York, New York 10019
ph: (212) 585-0474
fx: (212) 585-0475
Join our mailing list...