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Cooling woodblock-printed matchbox cards designed for summer

Shochū O-utagai (Summer Greetings)

Shochū O-utagai ["Summer Greetings"]

Oda, [Hidekazu] [produced by].

[Tōkyō]: Oda [Hidekazu], Shōwa 8 [1933].

 

A set of twelve woodblock-printed matchbox-sized cards featuring fans illustrated with summer flowers. The text on each card records the name Oda - the individual who produced the set for an unidentified group of matchbox card enthusiasts. Oda' ...

US$75.00
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Charming designs by Ogawa Usen

Three woodblock-printed envelopes

[Three illustrated envelopes]

[Ogawa, Usen (original designs by)].

[Kyōto]: Kineya: Kyō-tsukushiya, [ca. early to mid-Shōwa period (1930-40s)?].

 

Three woodblock-printed envelopes based on designs by Ogawa Usen (1868-1938). The leftmost illustration seems to depict a person dancing with a fan at night in front of a large statue of a religious or historical ...

US$65.00
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Woodblock prints by Sekino Jun'ichirō & others

Collection of fourteen woodblock prints

[Collection of fourteen prints]

Sekino, Jun'ichirō, Azechi, Umetarō ... [et al.] [illustrated by].

[Yokohama]: Chikuhōdō, [ca. late Shōwa period (1980-90s?)].

 

A set of fourteen woodblock-printed designs in a variety of styles by Japanese artists including (but not limited to) Mabuchi Tōru (1920-1994), Maeda Masao (1904-1974), Sekino Jun'ichirō (191 ...

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How to style Western chignons

Fujin Sokuhatsu no Hinagata (Models of Chignons for Women)

Fujin Sokuhatsu no Hinagata ["Models of Chignons for Women"]

Ashihara, Kuninao [illustrated by].

Nihonbashi, [Tōkyō]: [Inoue Kichijirō], Meiji 18 [1885].

 

A nishiki-e providing instructions for creating five foreign hairstyles: the "Western up-do", the "Western low-style", the "Italian style", the "Italian low-style", and the "twisted thread style". Western ...

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A toy print of cut-out wigs for kabuki actors

Shinpan Katsura-e (Illustrations of Wigs, Newly Published)

Shinpan Katsura-e ["Illustrations of Wigs, Newly Published"]

[Utagawa], Yoshikazu [illustrated by].

[Edo (Tōkyō)]: Shiba Sen'ichi, Kaei 6 [1853].

 

A colour woodblock-printed omocha-e (toy print) featuring illustrations of six kabuki actors (including one onnagata actor) and 38 wigs to be cut out and placed on the actors' heads for amusement. Each wi ...

US$380.00
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A diptych by Yoshitoshi

Hashimotoya Shiraito no Hanashi (The Story of Shiraito of Hashimoto-ya)

Hashimotoya Shiraito no Hanashi ["The Story of Shiraito of Hashimoto-ya"]

[Tsukioka], Yoshitoshi [illustrated by].

Bakurochō, [Tōkyō]: Tsunajima Kamekichi, Meiji 19 [1886].

 

An ōban diptych of the courtesan Shiraito at the Hashimoto-ya pleasure house, from the Shinsen Azuma Nishiki-e ("Newly Selected Brocade Pictures of the East") series by the acclaimed uk ...

US$680.00
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A deluxe Ise calendar for 1856

Ansei San Heishin-reki (Calendar for Ansei Three)

Ansei San Heishin-reki ["Calendar for Ansei Three"]

[Creator unidentified].

Yamada, Watarai-gun, Ise: Yamaguchi Ubē, Ansei 2 [1855]. 

 

An Isegoyomi calendar for Ansei 3 (1856) produced in deluxe navy wrappers decorated in a gold pigment with auspicious symbols including cranes and turtles. Isegoyomi calendars were produced in and around Ise Shrine by ...

US$280.00
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Innovation in Japanese mathematics

Shinshiki Sanpō: Kuku no Fuda (Nine-Nine Cards: A New Method of Arithmetic)

Shinshiki Sanpō: Kuku no Fuda ["Nine-Nine Cards: A New Method of Arithmetic"]

[Tsurumine, Shigenobu (devised by)].

Nagoya: Tōhekidō, Bunsei 9 [1826].

 

A folded sheet of instructions for performing calculations using kuku ("nine-nine") cards, together with thirty cards. A relative of the Chinese multiplication table, this kuku method was created to help pe ...

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Early nineteenth-century garments with kamon crests

Set of four garments

[Set of four garments]

[Creator/s unknown].

[Japan, ca. Taishō to early Shōwa period (1920-40s)?].

 

A hanten (jacket), set of protective gear, and padded zukin hood with internal inkan (stamp/seal) motifs, possibly from the early twentieth century. The two garments pictured together (one of which appears to be a chest-plate) may have been used as (or togeth ...

US$180.00
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Origami instructions for folding kabuki Chūshingura characters

Shinsen Jinbutsu: Orikata Tehon Chūshingura, Jūichi-dan (New Selection of Figures: Models of Paper Folding for the Eleven Acts of the Chūshingura); Chūshingura Orikata Denjū-gaki (Instructions on How to Fold the Chūshingura)

Shinsen Jinbutsu: Orikata Tehon Chūshingura, Jūichi-dan ["New Selection of Figures: Models of Paper Folding for the Eleven Acts of the Chūshingura"]; Chūshingura Orikata Denjū-gaki ["Instructions on How to Fold the Chūshingura"]

[Tsuyama, Yūzō (attributed to)].

Ōsaka: Konomura Hikosuke, [ca. Meiji period (1870-1890s)]. 

 

A set of two sheets prov ...

US$1,480.00
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"Lucky" woodblock-printed match cards

Ōiri (Full House)

Ōiri ["Full House"]

Kubo, [first name illegible] [produced by]; Sogai [illustrated by?].

Kōbe: Shinyūren, [ca. Taishō to early Shōwa period (1910-30s)?].

 

A set of six woodblock-printed match labels featuring illustrations possibly associated with kabuki or another form of traditional performance. The term ōiri (大入) which appears on each of the match car ...

US$75.00
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"The most ambitious of all the sketch-tour books"

Shina Taikan (A Compendium of China)

Shina Taikan ["A Compendium of China"]

Fukuda, Bisen [Shūtarō] [text and illustrations by].

Tōkyō: Kanao Bun'endō, Taishō 5 [1916].

 

A complete set of two volumes by Fukuda Bisen (1875-1963) on the geography, customs, and history of China. The highly illustrated albums cover the Yōsukō (Yangtze River) region and the Kōga (Yellow River) region, whi ...

US$500.00
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Poster for a Meiji performance of Hamlet

Shinha Shinengeki Segidan Ichiza Hamuretsuto (Hamlet, Staged by the New School New Theatre Justice Troupe)

Shinha Shinengeki Segidan Ichiza Hamuretsuto ["Hamlet, Staged by the New School New Theatre Justice Troupe"]

Shakespeare, William [original text by]; Yamagishi, Kayō, Doi, Shunsho [translated by].

[Japan: creator unidentified, ca. late Meiji period (before 1909)].

 

A Meiji era poster for a performance by the Seigi-dan troupe of Shakespeare's Hamlet, wit ...

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A miniature book for English learners

Eiwa Tsūshin (English-Japanese Transmissions)

Eiwa Tsūshin ["English-Japanese Transmissions"]

[Creator unidentified].

Asakusa, [Tōkyō]: Seyama Sakichi, Meiji 20 [1888].

 

A small copperplate-printed book of English words with diagrams, meanings, and pronunciations in Japanese. Because of the lack of visibility of the page numbers, it is difficult to determine if the work is complete. The first page, ...

US$280.00
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Amusements for parties: a zashiki-gei sugoroku

Fuku Wakashi: Takara no Iribune (New Year's Luck at Boiling Point: Arrival of the Treasure Ship)

Fuku Wakashi: Takara no Iribune ["New Year's Luck at Boiling Point: Arrival of the Treasure Ship"]

Ikeda, Fusajirō [edited by]; [illustrator unidentified]

[Kyōto]: Ikeda Fusajirō, Meiji 17 [1884].

 

An illustrated compilation of zashiki-gei (party tricks) styled as a sugoroku (game sheet). The sheet may have been part of a party game in which particip ...

US$480.00
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On the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871

The Great War of 1870 between France and Germany

The Great War of 1870 between France and Germany = Sen-happyaku-shichi-jū-nen Haifutsu Senki

Brockett, L.P. [original text by]; Sugawara, Toshio [translated by]; Hosokawa, Junjirō [corrections by].

Tōkyō: Suharaya Mohē, Meiji 4 [1871].

 

A Japanese translation of a work of the same English title on the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) by Linus Pierpont Br ...

US$480.00
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Zoomorphic creatures by Yoshitora, inspired by Kyōden

Ujō Zatsuwa: Yume no Megane (Chitchat of Sentient Beings: The Glasses of Dreams)

Ujō Zatsuwa: Yume no Megane ["Chitchat of Sentient Beings: The Glasses of Dreams"]

Hyōhyōtei, Sennari [text by]; Utagawa, Yoshitora [illustrated by].

[Japan: publisher unidentified], Kaei 6 [1853]. 

 

A playful gōkan inspired by Santō Kyōden's Harasuji Ōmuseki (1830-40s), Ujō Zatsuwa is a collaboration by the little-known kyōka and gesaku author Hy ...

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Formal wear for samurai

Two kamishimo jackets and two pairs of kamishimo trousers

[Two kamishimo jackets and two pairs of kamishimo trousers]

[Creator/s unidentified].

[Japan, ca. late Meiji to early Shōwa period (1900-30s)?].

 

Kamishimo garments, ceremonial or formal wear for men, were used predominantly by samurai in the Edo period, but continue to be used in Japan to this day for special occasions. This collection includes two naga-ka ...

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Phrases commonly used by amateur jōjuri actors

Shiroto Jōjuri Shikata Mitate: Chūshingura Nanatsume Monku (Methods of Jōjuri Amateurs: Seven Phrases from The Treasury of Loyal Retainers)

Shiroto Jōjuri Shikata Mitate: Chūshingura Nanatsume Monku ["Methods of Jōjuri Amateurs: Seven Phrases from The Treasury of Loyal Retainers"]

[Creator unidentified].

Teramachi, [Kyōto]: Kashiwaya Sōshichi, [ca. late Edo period (1830-40s)?].

 

A woodblock-printed sheet of words and phrases, often humorous, used by amateur players in jōjuri (puppet) theatre. ...

US$400.00
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A scroll of hand-painted arrow fletchings

Untitled scroll of feather patterns

[Untitled scroll of feather patterns]

[Creator unidentified].

[Japan, ca. mid to late Edo period (1800-1840s)?]. In manuscript.

 

A handscroll recording 42 types of feathers used in arrow-making. Each illustration is captioned with a number and the name of the pattern depicted. Most of the feathers used in arrow-making in Japan were taken from birds of prey, ...

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Book culture meets print culture

Tōsei Karitaku Saiken Kagami (Mirror of a Guide to Temporary Lodgings)

Tōsei Karitaku Saiken Kagami ["Mirror of a Guide to Temporary Lodgings"]

Chōkarō [Ochiai/Utagawa], Yoshiiku [illustrated by].

[Edo (Tōkyō)]: [Ōtaya] Takichi, Bunkyū 2 [1862].

 

A woodblock print featuring an illustration of a courtesan and child and a ranking of courtesans of the Nakagawa pleasure house, designed by Ochiai (Utagawa) Yoshiiku (1833-1904). Ka ...

US$350.00
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A fan print by Kamisaka Sekka

Untitled fan print

[Untitled fan print]

[Kamisaka], Sekka [illustrated by].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. Taishō to early Shōwa period (1920-40s)?]. 

 

A fan-shaped woodblock print featuring a spool of (silk) thread, a silk moth, three silkworm cocoons, and mulberry leaves, designed by the acclaimed Neo-Rinpa artist Kamisaka Sekka (1866–1942). 

&n ...

US$300.00
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Match cards featuring the Seven Lucky Gods

Shichifukujin (Seven Lucky Gods)

Shichifukujin ["Seven Lucky Gods"]

Kiyama, Shōzan [produced by].

[Japan: Kiyama Shōzan, ca. Taishō to early Shōwa period (1920-30s)?].

 

A set of seven woodblock-printed match labels featuring the Seven Lucky Gods - Ebisu, Daikokuten, Benzaiten, Bishamonten, Hotei, Fukurokuju, and Jurōjin. The text on each card records the name Kiyama - the individual who pr ...

US$75.00
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Elegant ashide-e by Kamisaka Sekka

Four untitled woodblock prints from Sekka's Ashide-e

[Four untitled woodblock prints from Sekka's Ashide-e]

[Kamisaka, Sekka (illustrated by)].

[Kyōto: Kamisaka Yoshiaki, Shōwa 19 (1944)]. 

 

Four (of six) ashide-e designed by Kamisaka Sekka (1866–1942), from Ashide-e: Sekka Isaku ("Ashide Illustrations: Posthumous Works by Sekka"). Sekka intended the six prints in Ashide-e to be used as a secon ...

US$350.00
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A woodblock used to print a counting song

Naniwa Shinbun (News from Naniwa)

Naniwa Shinbun ["News from Naniwa"]

[Creator unidentified].

[Japan: printing house unidentified, ca. early Meiji period (1860-80s)?].

 

A double-sided woodblock used to print a twenty-verse hitotsutose counting song. Hitotsutose was a type of kazoe-uta counting poem popular from the Meiji to early Shōwa period. Hitotsutose sheets printed by woodblocks such a ...

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Over 250 woodblock-printed noshi decorations for gifts

Noshi Shinpon (New Book of Noshi)

Noshi Shinpon ["New Book of Noshi"]

[Compiler unidentified].

[Japan, ca. early Meiji period (1870-90s)]. 

 

An album containing approximately 265 tipped-in examples of woodblock-printed noshi. Noshi are folded paper decorations designed to be affixed to wrapped gifts. In earlier times, noshi were strips of dried abalone (symbolising longevity) attached ...

US$1,680.00
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A lavish bridal kimono

Untitled kimono featuring lobsters

[Untitled kimono featuring lobsters]

[Creator unidentified].

[Japan: creator unidentified, ca. early Shōwa period (1920-40s)?].

 

A stunning uchikake or kaidori - kimono worn over a kosode or furisode by a bride on her wedding day - patterned with Ise-ebi (Japanese spiny lobsters). The lining of the uchikake is made from red and pink fabrics, the latter patt ...

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Match cards featuring Japanese silver coins

Dai San-kai Kozeni-shū (Third Collection of Ancient Coins)

Dai San-kai Kozeni-shū ["Third Collection of Ancient Coins"]

Shunka [produced by].

[Japan: Shunka, ca. Taishō to early Shōwa period (1920-30s)?].

 

A set of twelve woodblock-printed match labels featuring types of ginban - Japanese silver coins used in the Edo period. The text on each card records the year the coin was minted and/or the name of the type of ...

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A fortune-telling kit based on the I Ching

Kikkyō Kafuku Hitorihandan: Ekigaku Benmō (Judgements on Good and Bad Fortunes: A Primer on the Study of Divination)

Kikkyō Kafuku Hitorihandan: Ekigaku Benmō ["Judgements on Good and Bad Fortunes: A Primer on the Study of Divination"]

Kataoka, Kenzō [edited by].

Kyōto: Nakamura Asakichi, Meiji 19 [1886].

 

A fortune-telling book and sangi (counting rod) set, housed in its original box. To tell one's fortune, the six rods would be thrown, and the resulting hexagram ...

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An adaptation of the Karigane Five, by Kunisada

Fūryū Itsutsu Karigane (The Refined Karigane Five)

Fūryū Itsutsu Karigane ["The Refined Karigane Five"]

Gototei [Utagawa], Kunisada [illustrated by].

[Tōkyō]: Izumi Ichi [Izumiya Ichibē], [ca. Bunsei 11 - Tenpō 2 (1828-1831)]. 

 

A complete pentatych by Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III, 1786-1865) featuring five beautiful women as the Itsutsu Karigane - the "five karigane blood-brothers" or the "Karigan ...

US$430.00
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An auspicious uke-e print by Kyōsai

Nigatsu Yōka Kinshō no Hito Uke ni Iri (February 8th, Luck to Those Born Under the Metal Element)

Nigatsu Yōka Kinshō no Hito Uke ni Iri ["February 8th, Luck to Those Born Under the Metal Element"]

[Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by].

Nihonbashi, [Tōkyō]: Takekawa Seikichi, [ca. Meiji period (1875-1890)?]. 

 

Uke-e - lucky prints - were presents sent to people entering their year of luck (whether a year was lucky for an individual was divined using ...

US$650.00
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Diptych of a beautiful woman in snow, by Kunisada

Untitled diptych of a woman in snow

[Untitled diptych of a woman in snow]

Kōchōrō [Utagawa], Kunisada [illustrated by].

[Edo (Tōkyō)]: Sanoki [Sanoya Kihei], [ca. Bunka 12 - Tenpō 13 (1815-1842)?].

 

A diptych by Utagawa Kunisada I (Toyokuni III, 1786-1864) of a woman (possibly the character Osono from Kanadehon Chushingura ("The Treasury of Loyal Retainers")) in a beautiful dark blue kosode a ...

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An early illustrated edition of Taishokan

Taishokan (The Great Woven Cap)

Taishokan ["The Great Woven Cap"]

[Creator unidentified].

[Japan: publisher unidentified, ca. early Edo period (1600-1700)?].

 

The jō (first) volume (presumably of a jōge (two-volume) set) of an illustrated edition of Taishokan, one of the most popular kōwakamai ballad drama pieces of the Edo period. The Library of Congress provides the following descriptio ...

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A fascinating record of the behaviours of Japanese Christians

Yaso Taiji Baka Shinnyū (Extermination of the Christians: Infiltration of the Idiots)

Yaso Taiji Baka Shinnyū ["Extermination of the Christians: Infiltration of the Idiots"]

Kato, Tomisaburō [edited by].

Ōsaka: Katō Tomisaburō, Meiji 14 [1881]. "New edition".

 

A mitate banzuke (sheet that ranks people and behaviours in a parody of a sumo ranking sheet) listing the behaviours of Japanese Christians the compiler considers "idiotic". While th ...

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Japanese translations of Dorothy Wall's classic Australian Blinky Bill series

Itazura Burinkī (Naughty Blinky), Ōkikunatta Burinkī (Blinky Grows Up), Burinkī to Nattsī (Blinky and Nutsy)

Itazura Burinkī ["Naughty Blinky"]; Ōkikunatta Burinkī ["Blinky Grows Up"]; Burinkī to Nattsī ["Blinky and Nutsy"]

Uōru, Doroshī [Wall, Dorothy] [original text and illustrations by]; Ide, Hiroko [translated by].

Tōkyō: Dōshinsha, Shōwa 48-59 [1973-1984]. 

 

A complete set of three highly illustrated books from the Burinkī Biru no Boken ("The Adve ...

US$120.00
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A lesbian romance written with a stream-of-consciousness technique inspired by Joyce's writings

Manji (Quicksand)

Manji ["Quicksand"]

Tanizaki, Junichirō [text by]; Nakagawa, Shūzō [binding designed by].

Tōkyō: Kaizōsha, Shōwa 6 [1931]. First complete (or "book") edition.

 

Manji, by the author and Nobel Prize in Literature nominee Junichirō Tanizaki (1886-1965), is a novel that delves into the complex feelings of love and betrayal experienced by the narrator Sonoko re ...

US$850.00
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One of the earliest books promoting women's rights published in Japan - Mill's 'Subjection of Women'

Danjo Dōkenron (On Equal Rights for Men and Women)

Danjo Dōkenron ["On Equal Rights for Men and Women"]

Miru [Mill, John Stuart] [original text by]; Fukamauchi, Motoi [translated by].

Tōkyō: Yamanaka Ichibē, Meiji 11 [1878].

 

The first Japanese translation of John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women (first published in London in 1869), containing the first two chapters of Mill's acclaimed text. ...

US$3,580.00
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Six pieces of firefighting gear, hand embroidered

Firefighting gear from Setagaya, Tokyo

[Firefighting gear from Setagaya, Tokyo]

[Creator/s unidentified].

[Tōkyō, ca. Meiji to early Shōwa period (1880-1920s)?].

 

A set of four hoods, one pair of gloves, and one jacket used by firemen working in Setagaya, Tokyo. The items, which probably date from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, were made using sashiko hand embroidery and aizom ...

US$1,850.00
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Illustrated by Kyōsai, Kunisada II, and Toyokuni III

Edo no Hana Meishō-e (The Flowers of Edo: A Collection of Famous Places)

Edo no Hana Meishō-e ["The Flowers of Edo: A Collection of Famous Places"]

[Utagawa], Kunisada [II], [Utagawa], Toyokuni [III], Seisei [Kawanabe], Kyōsai [illustrated by]. 

[Edo (Tōkyō)]: Katō Sei [Katōya Seibei], [ca. Bunkyū 3 (1863)]. 

 

A harimaze print featuring three panels: the top panel, of a woman carrying a bentō box under cherry blossoms ...

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From Kiyochika's series on the Sino-Japanese War

Deku no Bō (Blockhead)

Deku no Bō ["Blockhead"]

[Kobayashi], Kiyochika [illustrated by]; Koppi, Dōjin [Nishimori, Takeki] [text by].

Tōkyō: Matsuki Heikichi, Meiji 27 [1894].

 

A fūshiga satirising China's loss of Port Arthur to the Japanese army, from Kiyochika's Hyakusen Hyakushō: Nihon Banzai ("Long Live Japan: One Hundred Victories, One Hundred Laughs") series of prin ...

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From Kiyochika's series on the Sino-Japanese War

Ryū Eifuku no Hitoshinan (Liu Yongfu Deep in Thought)

Ryū Eifuku no Hitoshinan ["Liu Yongfu Deep in Thought"] 

[Kobayashi], Kiyochika [illustrated by]; Koppi, Dōjin [Nishimori, Takeki] [text by].

Tōkyō: Matsuki Heikichi, Meiji 28 [1895].

 

A fūshiga depicting Liu Yongfu, commander of the Black Flag Army, considering his troops' next move, from Kiyochika's Hyakusen Hyakushō: Shakai Gentō ("Magic L ...

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From Kiyochika's series on the Sino-Japanese War

Tegarabanashi (Bragging)

Tegarabanashi ["Bragging"]

[Kobayashi], Kiyochika [illustrated by]; Koppi, Dōjin [Nishimori, Takeki] [text by].

Tōkyō: Matsuki Heikichi, Meiji 28 [1895].

 

A fūshiga picturing a man bragging about his heroic deeds in the Sino-Japanese War, from Kiyochika's Hyakusen Hyakushō: Shakai Gentō ("Magic Lantern of Society: One Hundred Victories, One Hundred Lau ...

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Geisha playing cards, by Yoshiiku

Zensei Meigi-zoroi (Full Cast of the Most Popular Geisha)

Zensei Meigi-zoroi ["Full Cast of the Most Popular Geisha"] 

Chōkarō [Utagawa], Yoshiiku [illustrated by].

[Tōkyō]: Iseki [Iseya Kihē], [Meiji 2 (1869)]. 

 

A colourful woodblock print of elegant geisha and their attendants playing cards, from the Zensei Meigi-zoroi series by Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904).

 

One leaf, woodblock- ...

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Seventy woodblock-printed scenes of the Kiso Road, by Eisen and Hiroshige

Kiso Kaidō Rokujūkyū-tsugi (Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kiso Road)

Kiso Kaidō Rokujūkyū-tsugi ["Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kiso Road"]

[Keisai], Eisen, [Utagawa], Hiroshige [illustrated by].

Tōkyō: Shin'eidō, Taishō 10 [1921].

 

A Taishō era set of reduced-size woodblock-printed reproductions of Eisen and Hiroshige's famous Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kiso Kaidō series originally published between 1835 and 1837. ...

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Stunning large-format designs by Takeuchi Seihō

Seihō Ippinshū (A Collection of Masterpieces by Seihō)

Seihō Ippinshū ["A Collection of Masterpieces by Seihō"]

Takeuchi, Seihō [illustrated by]

Kyōto: Unsōdō, Shōwa 12 [1937]. 

 

The first series, featuring 31 prints, of Seihō Ippinshū, a collection of designs by the highly acclaimed nihonga painter Takeuchi Seihō (1864-1942). Produced by Unsōdō under Seihō's supervision just a few years before the a ...

US$6,000.00
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A beautiful hand-painted scroll, with a postscript by Suzuki Fuyō

Hittatsu Sensei Bokumyō (Exquisite Paintings by Teacher Hittatsu

Hittatsu Sensei Bokumyō ["Exquisite Paintings by Teacher Hittatsu"] 

Kunii, [Seinosuke] [illustrated by]; Fuyō, Mokuyō [Suzuki, Fuyō] [postscript by?].

Hamura, [Edo (Tokyo)?], Bunka 10 [1813]. In manuscript.

A handscroll by the artist Kunii Seinosuke of landscapes and birds in a nanga or bunjinga (literati painting) style. Kunii (dates of birth and death un ...

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Over fifty stunning designs by Kobayashi Gyokunen

Tama Kagami (Mirror of Treasures)

Tama Kagami ["Mirror of Treasures"]

Kobayashi, Gyokunen [illustrated by].

Kyōto: Fujisawa Shuppanbu, Meiji 34 [1901].

 

A complete two-volume set of colour woodblock-printed designs by the highly skilled but little-known graphic designer Kobayashi Gyokunen. Each volume includes one fold-out woodblock-printed frontispiece and twenty-five single-page colour wo ...

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An advertisement for a newspaper, magazine, and shipping company, featuring a calendar for 1894

Otoshidama (New Year's Gift)

Otoshidama ["New Year's Gift"]

Yamada, Jinzō [edited by].

Nagoya: Shōeidō, Meiji 26 [1893]. 

 

A large hikifuda (advertisement) produced for Hayashi Shinbun-ho, a shipping company based in Hamamatsu that also produced newspapers and magazines. The hikifuda is presented as an otoshidama (New Year's gift), presumably in an attempt to encourage mor ...

US$130.00
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Beautifully designed booklet advertising Royal Dutch Indies Airways flights in Indonesia

Timetable: Royal Netherlands-Indian Airways, K.N.I.L.M.

Timetable: Royal Netherlands-Indian Airways, K.N.I.L.M.

[Statement of responsibility unidentified]; Ludberg [illustrated by]

Batavia: Royal Netherlands-Indian Airways, [1933]. 

 

A timetable of flights between Batavia, Bandoeng, Semarang, Sourabaja, Palembang, Pakanbaroe, Medan, Singapore, and Alorstar, produced by Koninklijke Nederlandsch-Indische Luch ...

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Designs for ceramics and lacquerware, by Nakamura Shūho

Tōshitsu (Ceramics and Lacquerware)

Tōshitsu ["Ceramics and Lacquerware"]

Nakamura, Shūho [illustrated by].

Kyōto: Gōmei Gaisha Unsōdō, Meiji 43 [1910].

 

An album of twenty double-page spreads of colour woodblock-printed designs for ceramics and lacquerware, by Nakamura Shūho. Shūho is described in the preface as a "graduate of the design department of the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts" ...

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