Edo prints

  Design: Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)  
  Title: Suspension Bridge between Hida and Etchū Provinces  
  Series title: Famous bridges in Japan  
  Size: 25.1 x 36.8 cm (ōban)  
  Posthumous printing from newly cut woodblocks    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Hokusai Suspension Bridge on the border of Hida and Etchu Provinces


Originally published around 1834 by Nishimuraya Yohachi. This is a later edition from newly cut blocks published in the 1950s by the Adachi Institute of woodblock prints.

Artist’s signature in top right print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
zen before  
hoku north  
sai room Drawn by
i change Iitsu,
itsu one formerly known
hitsu writing brush as Hokusai

Red round censorship seal reading kiwame (‘approved’) and square Eijūdō seal of the original publisher Nishimuraya Yohachi in lower right of the print.

Series and print title in rectangular white cartouche in top right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
sho all  
koku provinces  
mei reputation  
kyō bridge Strange views
ki strange of the famous bridges
ran see in all provinces
hi fly  
etsu cross over  
no ’s  
sakai border  
ri suspension The suspension bridge
ha   on the border of
shi bridge Hida and Etchū provinces


Provenance: Fuji Arts

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