Meiji prints

  Design: Yamamoto Shōun (1870-1965)  
  Print title: Moon rise  
  Album/series title: Kodomo Asobi (Children’s play)  
  Size: 20.1 x 30.1 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Yamamoto Shoun Kodomo Asobi Moon rise


Special effects: embossed fabric printing (nuno-me-zuri) on the kimono of the boy on the left; deep embossing (kara-zuri) on the kimono of the boy in the middle; embossed (kara-zuri) Japanese pampas grass in the full moon (not visible in my photograph).

This print has no vertical fold in the middle, indicating that it was issued separately and not as part of an orihon (i.e., folding book).

Artist’s signature in bottom right print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
shō rise  
un cloud Shōun

Series title in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ko child  
tomo serve  
bi play Children’s play

Followed by print title:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
yuki moon  
no ’s  
de(ru) come out Moon rise

Printing and publishing dates in left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mei light Printed in the
ji government Meiji era,
yon three  
nen year the 40th year (= 1907),
san three  
gatsu month the 3rd month (= March),
廿 nijū twenty  
go five
nichi day the 25th day.
in stamp  
satsu print
kon now Published in
nen year the same year,
yon four  
gatsu month March,
tsuitachi the first day  
hatsu emit  
go the first day.

Followed by the publisher’s address, name and telephone number:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kyō capital Tokyo city,
ni sun  
hon origin  
hashi brdge  
ku district Nihonbashi district,
yoshi good luck  
kawa river  
chō quarter Yoshikawa quarter,
ni two  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 2,
ma pine  
tsuki tree  
hei level  
kichi good luck Matsuki Heikichi,
den electricity  
wa conversation  
ni two  
sen thousand  
ni two  
hyaku hundred  
hachi eight  
roku six  
ban number telephone number: 2286.

Name and address of the publisher in romaji in left bottom margin: “Sold by Daikokaya, H. Matsuki, No. 2, Yoshikawa-cho, Ryogoku, Tokyo, Japan.”


Provenance: Artelino

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