Vintage Japanese Woodblock Print Tomikichiro Tokuriki Himeji Jo Shin Hanga c 1950


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This is a Japanese woodblock print by Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-1999), an important artist of the 20th century, who worked both in the Sosaku Hanga and Shin Hanga styles. This print is in the Shin Hanga style - with Shin Hanga, the artist designs the print but the actual woodblock and printing is handled by publishers, in Tomikichiros case, Uchida, Unsodo or other Kyoto based publishers.
This print features a view of Himeji-jo (Himeji Castle), the finest surviving example of early 17th-century Japanese castle architecture. You can feel the slightly raised image on this print, due to blind embossing. The print measures 11 1/4 by 10. The print was glued onto backing paper at the top right corner, but has detached, leaving the corner glued to the backing paper (see last close-up photo), so some restoration will be needed. There is a blackish smudge at the bottom, but this, I believe, is original to the printing of the piece. Otherwise, this print has been well stored and is in very clean condition.
This is a wonderful Japanese woodblock print by a noted artist - beautiful view of the Himeji-jo.