Kawase Hasui – Senzokuike (Senzoku Pond, Twenty Views of Tokyo)
Located in south-western Tokyo, the area is named after the famous Buddhist priest Nichiren Shonin (Nichiren Buddhism, a brand of Mahayana Buddhism) who washed his feet here on his way to Ikegami Temple. Senzoku literally means “washing your feet” which is exactly what Nichiren Shonin and many priests after him did at the large pond located here.
Senzoku-Ike pond is famous for its scenic views and is a spiritual power spot where the natural energy from local vegetation is abundant. There are paths around the water that will take you past small temples and the area where priests used to rest on their pilgrimage to Ikegami Honmonji Temple.
The Woodblock Print
Signed Hasui with artist's seal Kawase, the series title cartouche on the left margin, Tokyo nijukei, followed by the print title, Senzokuike, and dated below, and publisher's (Hotei 'A') seal at right, Hanken shoyu Watanabe Shozaburo (Copyright ownership Watanabe Shozaburo), ca. 1928
Paper is in good condition with full margins and solid color. Overall toning. Small foxing in the foreground.
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) was born to a textile dealer as the first son. His uncle was Kanagaki Robun, a famous playwrite. A pupil of Kaburaki Kiyokata who gave him the Go of “Hasui”. Afterwards, he got to know Watanabe Shozaburo, then had a chance to see “Omi Hakkei” created by Ito Shinsui from the same school as his, which brought about an interest in the woodblock printing. In 1918, he released three pieces of “Shiobara” from Watanabe Printshop, afterwards, produced a number of landscape prints throughout his life.