Celebrated Products of Mountains and Seas,

Part I

(Sankai medetai zue, 山海目出度圖會)

1852

 

In this series of prints, beautiful women (bijin) of different classes and occupations express desires or feelings. An inset in the left upper corner, by one of Kuniyoshis pupils, shows the production of one of Japans well-known regional products. This series is listed as number 117 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ban. I am grateful to Ward Pieters and Elaine Boatin for assisting with this series.

 

Number: 1

Title: Wakasaya Yoichi (若狭)

Product:

Location: Wakasa in the northwestern part of Fukui

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

 

Number: 2

Product: Whales at Hirado (Hirado no kujira)

Location: Hirado

Desire or feeling: Cant wait to see you (Hayaku mitai)

Publisher: Idzumi-ya Ichibei

 

Number: 3

Product: Night fishing in Tamba

Location: Tamba

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Jshya Kinz

 

Number: 4

Product: Net-hunted duck (kasumiami kamo)

Location: Jsh Province

Desire or feeling: wishing to dream a happy dream (Yoi yume demo mitai)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

 

 

 

Number: 5

Title: Shrimp from Ise (Ise ebi, 伊勢海老)

Product: Shrimp

Location: Ise Province

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz

 

This is an alternate version of the above print. It is made from the same woodblocks, but the background of the main image and the foreground of the inset are black, or almost black.

 

Number: 6

Product: Octopus (nagahama tako, 長浜章魚)

Location: Iyo Province (伊予)

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Jshya Kinz

 

Number: 7

Product: Giant octopus from Nameri River in Etch Location (Etch Namerikawa no tako)

Location: Etch Province

Desire or feeling: It hurts (Oo itai, おお,いたい)

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz

 

 

 

Number: 8

Product: Geese

Location: Takanawa in Settsu Province

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Number: 9

Product: Linen cloth (nuno, )

Location: Echigo Province (越後)

Desire or feeling: Wish to remove make-up (Mimama ni naritai)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Number: 10

Product:

Location:

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

 

Number: 11

Product: Salamanders (Zush sansh-uo)

Location: Izu Province

Desire or feeling: Sleepy (Nemuttai, 眠ったい)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

Number: 12

Title: Stone from Toyoshima (Sanuki Teshima seki, 讃岐豊島右)

Product: Quarried stone

Location: Toyoshima

Desire or feeling: Wanting to see parents

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz

 

This is another state of the above print with different coloration including a solid red title cartouche.

 

Number: 13

Title: Jellyfish from Bizen (Bizen suibo, 備前水母)

Product: Jellyfish

Location: Bizen Province

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Jshya Kinz

 

Number: 14

Product: Sea cucumbers (nama namako)

Location: Mikawa Province

Desire or feeling: Wanting to suckle (chichi ga nomitai)

Publisher: Yamaguchi-ya Tbei

 

 

Number: 15

Product: Sea urchins

Location: Echizen Province

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Jshya Kinz

 

Number: 16

Product: Octopus (iidako, 飯蛸)

Location: Izumi Province (泉州)

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

Number: 17

Title: Limestone from mi (mi ishibai, 近江右灰)

Product: Limestone (sekkai)

Location: mi Province

Desire or feeling: Wish to ask a favor (Otanomi moshitai)

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz

 

Number: 18

Title: Kishu kumano seki masa (紀州熊野右苴)

Product: Kumano River salted salmon wrapped in bamboo leaves (Kumano arakumi, 熊野 石苴)

Location: Kishu Province (紀州)

Desire or feeling: Desire to try on new kimono (hayaku kite mitai)

Publisher: Jshya Kinz

 

This is a simplified and less labor intensive printing of the above design. The delicate shading (bokashi) in the background and on the mountain in the insert has been eliminated. Bokashi was achieved by hand-applying a gradation of ink to the wooden printing block rather than inking the block uniformly. This hand-application had to be repeated for each sheet of paper that was printed.

 

Number: 19

Title: Octopus from Takasago in Banshu (Banshu Takasuna tako, 播州高砂蛸)

Product: Octopus

Location: Takasago in Banshu Province

Desire or feeling: Desire to decide as soon as possible

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

Number: 20

Title: Eels from Suwa (Shinshu...yatsumei unagi, 信州...八目鰻)

Product: Lamprey eels (yatsume unagi)

Location: Suwa

Desire or feeling:

Publisher: Mita-ya Kihachi

 

Number: 22

Product: Whitebait fish

Location: Nishimiya in Shinano Province

Desire or feeling: Desire to see the next volume (tsuzuki ga mitai)

Publisher: Tsuta-ya Kichiz

 

Number: 23

Title: Hidan Jinzugawa masu (飛弾 神通 川鱒)

Product: Jintsu River trout (Jintsu-gawa masu, 神通 )

Location: Hida Province (飛騨)

Desire or feeling: Wish to wear this (Kore ga kitai)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

 

Number: 24

Title: Butterbur Greens from Akita (Dewa Akita fuki, 羽州秋田蕗)

Product: Butterbur greens (yamabuki)

Location: Akita

Desire or feeling: Desire to eat something delicious (oishimono ga tabetai)

Publisher: Sano-ya Kihei

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