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Notes (1st edition)We suspect that this scene is one of several large-oban format Koitsu works that were published as post-war first editions by Doi Eiichi in the early 1950s. No pre-war Doi Sadaichi strike has ever been observed, and we have confirmed that carver Harada did not work for Doi pre-war.
Publisher (this edition): Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Hanmoto Tokyo-Do Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Eiichi Doi Eiichi Doi Doi Doi
Date of this item: 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1990-2000s 1990-2000s Unknown Unknown Unknown
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Miyajima in the Rain
A pristine example of this very popular night scene. Published by Doi with the circular watermark in the upper left corner. Carver: Harada, Printer: Yokoi. It is still attached to the original backing paper of the presentation folder.
Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu
Age / Date: 1956-62
Size: 16 x 11 inches
Framed? False
Condition: Pristine

Artist Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949)
Description Rain at Miyajima. Published by Doi in Showa 16 (1941), July.
Signed Koitsu, with seal reading Shin.
Size Oban
Condition Very good impression, colour and condition.
Price € 1600
Miyajima in the Rain
Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu
Date: 1941, early edition published by Doi Teiichi
Image Size: oban, about 10 x 15 in.
Carver: Harada
Printer: Yokoi
Notes: The printer Yokoi worked for Doi during the 1930s and early 40s.
Condition: excellent color and condition, full margins.
This is a nice old Japanese print depicting a night scene at Miyajima. It could be the work of Kawase Hasui but I am not an expert. It depicts a glowing night scene of the famous Miyajima torii. The paper size is 11" X 17" and the image size is 10" X 15 1/4". The image is predominantly in rich blues contrasted with the yellow glow of the ancient stone lanterns.The print is in good condition. The corners had been mounted at one time and there are a few minor creases . The print is signed and has a red seal. There is some writing on the right margin which is done by hand.There is a good bleed through of colors on the back side.

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Here's an original Japanese Woodblock print by Tsuchiya Koitsu(1870-1949) This print is an original published by Doi. The print is oban measuring 16 3/4 inches & 11 2/8 inches including untrimmed borders, & has the seal of Harada/Yokoi; (Yokoi was one of Doi's earliest printers, working early 1930's to 1965.
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Friday, 25 March 2005

Tsuchiya Koitsu: Night Rain at Miyajima Shrine, with seals of publisher, carver, and printer, (excellent impression, color, and condition), framed.
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Title: Night Scne at Kagurazaka's gay quarter
Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949)
Size: 10in. X 15in.

The Stokes Collection
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"Miyajima in the Rain"
by Tsuchiya Koitsu, 1941

The artist is Tsuchiya Koitsu as signed. Paper is about 15 5/8" by 10 7/8".
Good color and bleed through.
Print's margins have residue that does not intrude into image. Be certain to click BIG PHOTO above to see HUGE DETAIL photo of print.
Also, on all four (4) corners there are diagonal cuts into the print. Only one of these cuts intrudes into image a maximum of 1/2". Not noticeable unless you look real hard.

This is a very beautiful woodblock print by noted shin hanga printmaker Tsuchiya Koitsu. Excellent color and impression; the crisp impression and the very thin paper would tend to indicate an early edition, but there are no carver/printer seals present. Outstanding bleed through to the back of the paper. It measures about 15 1/2 x 10 plus full margins. Very nice condition. Japanese woodblock print by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870-1949) entitled “Miyajima in Rain.” Originally published in 1941; margin is dated “Showa 16.” Later Hama impression posthumously printed from Koitsu’s original blocks. These later editions are identical to the earlier editions except for the publisher’s seal. With their intense realism, Koitsu’s woodblock prints have immortalized his country’s scenic beauty. Subtle effects of light and shadow endow his scenic renderings with an aura of captivating beauty, making his prints highly prized among collectors. The workmanship in both carving and printing is very good. Skillfully executed changes of color shading ("bokashi") are seen throughout the print. Pristine condition, with excellent color and registration, and strong ink bleed through. Oban size image measures 15 ¼” x 10 1/8”, plus full margins.
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Monday, 11 April 2005

You are bidding on a Japanese woodblock print “The Rain of Miyashima” signed by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949) in July Showa 16 (1941).

The print size is 16 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches. The colors, which are vivid and vibrant, are in layers. The chop stamp of the artist’s signature is at the lower left corner of the print. All four borders are intact. In the lower right border, the Japanese writing says the name of this woodblock print “The Rain of Miyashima” and “July Showa 16”, which is 1941.

This wonderful Japanese woodcut print is by Koitsu. It is in very good condition with beautiful color and approx. 17 x 11 1/2 inches.
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Title Miyajima in the Rain
Artist Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949
Signature Koitsu
Seal artist's seal (shin)
Dated 1941
Publisher Doi ? (no publisher's seal)
Technique/Medium Woodblock print
Impression very good
Colors excellent - very good
Condition very good … three creases (ca. 3 inch long) on the upper area on the sky, a printer's crease on the upper margin and on the left margin, a pin size hole on the upper left corner, lower right corner creased.
Description "Ame no Miyajima" (Miyajima in the Rain)
Format Oban tate-e
Width 11.3 inches = 28.8 cm
Height 16.9 inches = 43.0 cm

I have 6 prints which may be of use for your Koitsu catalog.

They are:

Godaido Shrine, on image 259 attached

Suma Beach on images 260 & 261

Sunset Sai R on images 262 &263

Benkei Bridge on images 264 & 265

Miyajima Rain on images 266 & 267

Sunset Tomonotsu on images 268 & 269.
no seals, posthumous Artist: Tsuchiya, Koitsu (1870-1949)
Series: Shin-hanga (new prints)
Title or Subject: Miyajima in the Rain
Signature or Seal: Signature and seal
Date or Circa: 1941
Paper Size: 17 x 11 1/4 inches
Impression/Color/Condition: Good/Good/Good

Description: Good state
From Matt (via email)
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Monday, 5 September 2005

Title Miyajima in Rain
Artist Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949
Signature Koitsu
Seal artist's seal (shin)
Dated 1941
Publisher Doi Eiichi
Technique/Medium Woodblock print
Impression very good … (posthumous printing)
Colors excellent
Condition excellent - very good
Description "Ame no Miyajima" (Miyajima in the Rain)
Format Dai-Oban
Width 11.2 inches = 28.5 cm
Height 16.7 inches = 42.5 cm
Width of Image 10.2 inches = 26.0 cm
Height of Image 15.4 inches = 39.0 cm
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Wednesday, 21 December 2005

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Nice signed woodblock print , though cant tell you much about it . Framed but will ship without glass , proper matting lose print . This measures 15 X 11 1/4 inches.

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Thursday, 17 November 2005


JAPANESE WOOD BLOCK PRINT SHINTO SHRINE in WINTER. Beautiful blending of colors of blues and grays in this wood block print. Winter scenes are much more difficult to find than others. I really like the streaks of rain, especially coming through the tree on the left. Note the antelope figure in the shaded foreground. I was told this piece and many others I purchased were obtained by the original owner ( the seller's father) in Japan in the 1960's, however I don't really know the age of the wood block prints. Some Ebayers have told me that some were from the 1930's or 1920's. The print is signed in the lower left corner. I cannot identify the back sticker, because I am not familiar with the Japanese characters. Some of the other prints I have say "SHINAGAWA", but this one does not. Size of the actual print is 9 -3/4" by 14 -1/2", a very handsome size. The frame is 13 -3/4" by 18 -3/4. The wood block print is simply framed in a black painted wood frame, under glass.

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