Meiji prints

  Design: Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921)  
  Print title: Watching the cherry blossoms  
  Album/series title: Senshu no Hana (A thousand types of flowers)  
  Size: 21.1 x 31.8 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Ikeda Terukata Senshu no Hana Picking flowers


Special effects: beautiful burnishing (sho-men-zuri) on the woman’s black obi.

Published in Meiji 30 (1897) by Akiyama Buemon.

This print has a vertical fold in the middle since it is part of an orihon (i.e., folding album).

Artist’s name in lower right of the print area:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kagaya(ku) shine  
kata person Terukata

Series title in pink cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
sen thousand  
shu type  
no ’s A thousand
hana flower types of flowers

Publishing date and publisher’s address and name in lower left margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
mei light  
ji government Meiji era,
十十十 san jū thirty  
nen year the 30th year (= 1897)
gatsu month  
ka day  
in stamp  
satsu print  
rin confront  
sha copy  
in stamp  
satsu print  
nen year  
gatsu month  
ka day  
hatsu emit  
hatsu emit  
go Printed and published
jin person in 1897
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
hashi bridge  
ku district Kōbashi district,
muro greenhouse  
chō quarter Muro quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
aki autumn  
yama mountain Akiyama
bu military  
u right  
ku artisan  
mon gate Buemon

This is followed by Kokkeidō publisher seal 20-001, see Marks (2011, p. 58).


Provenance: Chris Uhlenbeck’s Hotei Japanese Prints

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