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Chronicle of a Journey to Enoshima Kanagawa


Artist: Totoya Hokkei Production date: 1830-1844 (early Tempou era) No publisher’s seal Kanagawa The seafood materials such as an octopus, a sea bream , a globefish, a flounder and even a small crab are illustrated. The auberges of Kanagwa post station were famous for the fresh seafood. The trade name of Kangawa post station’s representative auberge ”Hanesawa” is written in red on the black tray that fishes are on. Chronicle of a Journey to Enoshima” is a series of surimono that illustrated landscapes and products related to Enoshima Island. Surimono is high quality woodblock prints that include both kyouka poems (Comic verse composed of 31 syllables) and illustrations related to the poems. Since surimono was produced not for sale but made privately by the group of kyouka poets, the artists who produced the illustrations fully expressed their supreme talents and skills such as detailed curving techniques and high skill of the printing technique in a small format. The indications in the several works specify that there were originally 16 works in this series. However, only 14 works, “Takanawa, the starting point”, “Samezu”, “Omori”, “Kamata”, “Rokugou”, “Tsurumi”, “Kanagawa”, “Hamagawa”, “Shimo-no-miya”, “Kami-no-miya”, “Hongu”, “Chigo-ga-buchi”, “Manaita-iwa”, and “Ryudou” are currently discovered. This series was produced for the memory of kyouka poetry circle’s journey to Enoshia Island. The illustrations were produced by Totoya Hokkei and he was a pupil of Katsushika Hokusai. Hokkei was known for his premier talent with surimono, especially related to kyouka, and it is said his skill even surpassed that of Hokusai.


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