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Taishô shinkasai mokuhangashû (Collection of Woodblock Prints of the Taishô Earthquake), 1924

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Taishô shinkasai mokuhangashû (Collection of Woodblock Prints of the Taishô Earthquake), 1924


In 1924, the Japanese publisher Hoshino Seki issued a set of thirty-six prints depicting scenes from the aftermath of the September 1, 1923 great Tokyo earthquake. He commissioned six artists to each produce six designs based on eye witness sketches and accounts, which the master carver Nagashima Kiichi and printer Tamura Tetsunosuke then translated into color woodblock prints for the portfolio.

An important part of the Portland Art Museum collection of Japanese prints (88.6.1-36), the Museum is placing this historic series online at this time to honor the victims of the March 11, 2011 earthquake in northeastern Japan.

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Taishô shinkazai mokuhangashû: Prints of the Taishô Earthquake, 1924

Taishô shinkazai mokuhangashû

Prints of the Taishô Earthquake

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