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A Japanse woodblock-print “Kawazuya” inn, by Junichiro Sekino (Japanese, 1914–1988)

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A Japanse woodblock-print “Kawazuya” inn, by Junichiro Sekino (Japanese, 1914–1988)

Literature: This print is listed as number 333 in the Sekino Catalog Raisonne ‘Junichiro Sekino - the Prints’.The letters on the sign board are "かわをそに 火を ぬすまれし あけやすき". This is a Haiku by Kubota Mantaro (1889-1963, poet and scenario writer). When he stayed at Inn "Funazuya" in Kuwana City (Mie Pref.) he wrote this poem. This poem's meaning is "an otter came up from the river behind the Inn and played with Inn's garden lantern. Because of that we had to check him many times, the sliding door can be easily opened." This poem is carved on a stone beside the Inn, but Sekino Junichiro could not manage to paint these long letters on the stone. So he made an extra red board to write all letters. You can see the empty stone left in his print. This Inn with a monument still exists (2023) and is one of the sightseeing spots at Kuwana city.

An original print by Jun Sekino, ‘Kuwana’ from the Tokaido 53 Stations series.

1964, Japan

The actual print 45.5 x 32.5 cm (or 55 x 42 cm including border edges)

Good condition. No damage or restoration.

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A Japanse woodblock-print “Kawazuya” inn, by Junichiro Sekino (Japanese, 1914–1988)

Literature: This print is listed as number 333 in the Sekino Catalog Raisonne ‘Junichiro Sekino - the Prints’.The letters on the sign board are "かわをそに 火を ぬすまれし あけやすき". This is a Haiku by Kubota Mantaro (1889-1963, poet and scenario writer). When he stayed at Inn "Funazuya" in Kuwana City (Mie Pref.) he wrote this poem. This poem's meaning is "an otter came up from the river behind the Inn and played with Inn's garden lantern. Because of that we had to check him many times, the sliding door can be easily opened." This poem is carved on a stone beside the Inn, but Sekino Junichiro could not manage to paint these long letters on the stone. So he made an extra red board to write all letters. You can see the empty stone left in his print. This Inn with a monument still exists (2023) and is one of the sightseeing spots at Kuwana city.

An original print by Jun Sekino, ‘Kuwana’ from the Tokaido 53 Stations series.

1964, Japan

The actual print 45.5 x 32.5 cm (or 55 x 42 cm including border edges)

Good condition. No damage or restoration.

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