Meiji prints


  Design: Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)  
  Print title: Title page/Table of contents  
  Album/series title: Azuma Fūzoku (Customs of the East)  
  Size: 23.4 x 33.8 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Table of contents

Enlargement


Special effects: gold metallic pigments splashed onto the print in two separate horizontal bands.

This print displays the title page and table of contents of the Azuma Fūzoku album, including the titles of the twelve prints designed by Chikanobu. The album was published in 1901 in Tokyo by Daikokuya (alias Matsuki) Heikichi (firm name Shōjudō).

Artist’s name in the first column on the right:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
leaf  
shū discipline  
chika circumference  
nobu prolong By the brush of
hitsu brush Yōshū Chikanobu

Followed by the name of the series/album in the second column from the right:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
an peace  
tsu harbor, ferry  
matsu end  
style  
zoku customs Customs of the East

And then followed by the titles of the twelve prints in the next four columns from the right:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
       
ka poem  
ru hold  
ta many (Japanese playing cards)
a    
so    
bi play 1 - Playing cards
       
niwa yard  
no ’s  
sakura cherry 2 - Backyard cherry tree
       
enjoy oneself  
ho walk 3 - Enjoying a walk
       
haru spring  
ame rain 4 - Spring rain
       
ai love  
ji child 5 - Beloved child
       
ke change  
shō adorn one’s person 6 - Make-up
       
evening  
tachi stand up 7 - Evening shower
       
kan view  
getsu moon 8 - Moon viewing
       
kiku chrysanthemum  
no ’s  
hana flower 9 - Chrysanthemum flowers
       
momi deep red  
ji leaf 10 - Red autumn leaves
       
miya shrine  
mairu visit a temple 11 - Visiting a shrine
       
yuki snow  
mi view 12 - Snow viewing

The three prints in this series that I own (‘Playing cards’, ‘Backyard cherry tree’ and ‘Visiting a shrine’) together with six more out of the total twelve images that I was able to obtain from the internet can be seen here:

Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Playing cards thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 1 - Playing cards
Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Backyard Cherry Tree-thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 2 - Backyard cherry tree
Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Enjoying A Walk-thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 3 - Enjoying a walk
Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Spring Rain-thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 4 - Spring rain
Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Beloved Child-thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 5 - Beloved child
Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Make-up-thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 6 - Make-up
Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Evening Shower-thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 7 - Evening shower
Azuma Fūzoku 8 - Moon viewing Azuma Fūzoku 9 - Chrysanthemum flowers
Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Red Autumn Leaves-thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 10 - Red autumn leaves
Chikanobu Azuma Fuzoku Visiting a shrine thumbnail
Azuma Fūzoku 11 - Visiting a shrine
Azuma Fūzoku 12 - Snow viewing


References


Provenance: Shōgun Gallery

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