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Narita-san Shinshōji Temple from the series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Narita-san Shinshōji Temple 

No. 16 from the series 

Views of the Famous Sights of Japan

by Kobayashi Kiyochika, 1897

Cape Kannon from the series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan
IHL Cat. #1842

About This Print

Depicting the Niomon Gate entrance to Narita-san Shinshōji Temple in Narita, outside of Tokyo. this print, as marked in the lower left margin, is number sixteen of twenty-eight prints from the series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan (Nihon meishō zue) issued by the publisher Matsuki Heikichi in 1896 and 1897.

(For additional information on this series see the article Views of the Famous Sights of Japan.)

Narita-san Shinshōji
Source: website of Naritasan Shinshoji Temple http://www.naritasan.or.jp/english/about.html
Naritasan is a time-honored temple with a history of over 1000 years since its foundation. On the temple grounds, there are five buildings designated as important cultural properties. Komyodo, the oldest building among them, was built in 1701, when Naritasan became popular along with Kabuki and one of the temples representative of the Japanese style. The next oldest building is a three-story pagoda, which was built in 1712, and in 1830, a Deva gate was constructed. An elaborately carved Shakado (a hall where a statue of Shakyamuni is enshrined) was built in 1858 and Gakudo, which houses a number of votive picture tablets dedicated by celebrities of the Edo period, was completed in 1861, when Sakamoto Ryoma played a key role as a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate. Thanks to carpenters specialized in temples and shrines in the Edo period, these buildings, some of which are over 300 years old, still exist and are appreciated by visitors. We hope you come and appreciate the temple history of over 1000 years and fully enjoy the atmosphere reminiscent of the Edo period on the vast grounds of Naritasan.

Niemon Gate leading into Narita-san Shinshōji

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Narita-san Shinshōji
 Series Views of the Famous Sights of Japan
 Nihon meishō
 zue 日本名勝図会
 Artist Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915)
Kiyochika 清親
 Seal kiyo 清 [see above]
 Publication Date
January 1897
Matsuki Heikichi [proprietor of Daikokuya Heikichi] with Daihei seal
 松木平吉 大平
 [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 029]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair - full size; not backed; light wrinkling throughout; soiling, heavy in upper right and lower middle of left margins
 Genre ukiyo-e; meisho-e
Number 13 in the series as marked in lower left margin.
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper 
 14 3/8 x 9 1/2 in. (36.5 x 24.1 cm) 
 H x W Image
 13 3/8 x 8 7/16 in. (34 x 21.4 cm)
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