Edo prints

  Design: Shōtei Hokuju (17631824)  
  Title: View of Ochanomizu  
  Series title: The Eastern capital  
  Size: 24.2 x 38.4 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokuju Eastern Capital: View of Ochanomizu


Originally published ca. 1820s by Nishimuraya Yohachi (firm name Eijudō). This edition from newly carved blocks was published in 1938 by Takamizawa.

The yellow bridge in the print is Ochanomizubashi bridge crossing the Kanda river in Edo. Ocha no mizu means “tea water”; spring water was extracted here to make the shōgun’s tea during the Edo period.

Series and print title in the upper right area of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
to capital The Eastern capital
o honourable  
cha tea  
no ’s  
mizu water  
kei view View of Ochanomizu

Followed by artist’s signature:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shō rise  
tei pavilion  
hoku north  
ju longevity Picture by
ga picture Shōtei Hokuju

Round censorship seal reading kiwame (‘approved’), and Eiju han seal, see Marks (2011, p. 67, seal number 23-016), of the original publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi in bottom left print area.

Black Takamizawa seal on verso of the print:

Takamizawa Seal

in which the kanji read:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
taka high  
mi(ru) see  
sawa marsh Published by
han edition Takamizawa


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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