Meiji prints

  Design: Yōshū Chikanobu (1838-1912)  
  Series title: Seven days of the week  
  Print title: Monday - Autumn moon over the Sumida river (left)  
  Size: 35.5 x 23.6 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Chikanobu Sumida (left)


The direction of the view in this triptych is most probably towards Mimeguri shrine in Mukōjima on the east bank of the Sumida river, its torii (half hidden behind a dike in order to protect Mukōjima from floods) being clearly visible in this print, see also this page of my second website.

A simultaneous view of the prints in this triptych can be seen here.

Artist’s signature in bottom area of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shū discipline  
chika circumference Yōshū
nobu prolong Chikanobu

followed by artist’s red circular seal reading Yōshū.

Printing and publishing date, and address and name of the publisher in red in bottom print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mei light Printed in the
ji government Meiji era,
廿 jūnyū twenty  
kyū nine the 29th year
nen year (= 1896),
kyū nine the 9th month,
gatsu month (= September 1896),
ni two and the 20th day
ten (= September the 20th,
jitsu day 1896).
in stamp  
satsu print  
kon this  
getsu month  
廿 jūnyū twenty  
shi four Published
jitsu day in the same
hatsu emit month,
go on its 24th day.
ni sun  
hon origin  
hashi bridge Nihonbashi,
ko little  
den transmit  
ma horse  
chō quarter Kotenma quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me suffix 3rd house block,
shichi seven  
ban number  
chi earth number 17,
ha leader  
se valley  
kawa river Hasegawa
sono garden  
kichi joy Sonokichi


Provenance: An auction held in June 2015 by the Floating World gallery

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