Hachiman Taro Yoshiie (1041-1108) was a renowned archer who penned a famous poem while crossing the Nakoso barrier,
"I thought this gusty barrier was a mere name, but why do the wild cherry blossoms so cover the path?"
In this print Hachiman Taro Yoshiie rides a horse while returning from battle with his retainers. As they journey back from war they are seen admiring the flowering cherry trees on the hill.
Flower Gardens of Japan - Nihon Hanazono E
In the 1890s a print series by Ogata Gekkō' with the Japanese name of "Nippon Hana Zue" was published. Details about the series and its publications are still subject to guesses. Also the English translations vary. The most common one is "Flowers of Japan".
On the website ogatagekko.net by David Humphries we could find the following.
"This series of 36 prints goes by several names in translation, Flowers of Japan and Scenery from Japanese Gardens included. Prints were issued from 1892 until the end of the decade and at least 3 publishers issued prints. Quite a number of prints can be found in different editions but it is unclear at this stage if each publisher issued a full set of prints."
"Certainly some editions seem more 'luxurious' and use mica, gofun, metallic pigments and burnishing. The known publishers are Matsuki Heikichi, Sasaki Toyokichi and Akiyama Buemon. Sasaki Toyokichi also produced a 'creped' version of the series where the prints were pressed between two beveled boards, the final print size being closer to chuban than the original oban. The images include historical figures, events, pastimes and even an 800 year old cherry tree. I have not named these prints as there is no clear accepted interpretation for many of them at this stage."
The Woodblock Print
This woodblock print is approximately 9"x13" (Aiban) and adhered to a backing in good condition, which we credit for keeping the print itself in great condition. The colors are sharp, with incredible usage of embossing to be seen as well as metalic pigment (silver) details throughout.
About the Artist
Ogata Gekkō (1859 - 1920) was a Japanese artist best known as a painter and a designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints. He was self-taught in art, and won numerous national and international prizes and was one of the earliest Japanese artists to win an international audience.
Gekkō was self-taught in art, and began decorating porcelain and rickshaws, and designing flyers for the pleasure quarters. About 1881 he took the surname Ogata at the insistence of a descendant of the painter Ogata Kōrin. He soon was designing prints and illustrating books and newspapers. In 1886 Gekkō produced the print series Gekkō Zuihitsu (月耕随筆, "Gekkō’s Random Sketches"). In 1888, he married an art student of his, Tai Kiku—his second marriage—and changed his family name to Tai. The First Sino-Japanese War was the subject of a number of triptychs he designed in 1894–95. From the 1890s Gekkō won a number of art prizes, both national and international, one of the earliest Japanese artists to win international attention.