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Shoda Koho – River in the Rain (Docked on The Sumida River)


A scene from shore of the Sumida River in the rain; covered boats and fishermen ply the river. Intricate details of dragons’ heads on spikes.

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A rare oban (10″x15″) landscape by Shoda Koho, most known for his contributions to Hasegawa’s Night Scenes series.

The Woodblock Print

This woodblock print is in as close to pristine condition as we’ve seen. Rich color with no discoloration anywhere. Full margins. Crisp details. Stamped “Made in Japan” on the verso. Looks to never have been framed as there is no residue on the verso.

About the Artist

Shoda Koho (庄田耕峯, ca. 1871-1946) was a Japanese artist associated with the shin-hanga (“New Prints”) art movement in Japan during the early 20th century. This movement was influenced by European Impressionism and its imagery focused on landscapes, women, and nature.

Kan Shoda (also sometimes identified as Hiroshima Koho), was born in Kanda, Tokyo as the second son of Yasushi Shoda.  After graduating from school be became a student of Ogata Gekko to study historical portraits and bijin-ga, and entered the Chuo Shimbun to draw illustrations. The third prize was given at the “Ningyo Maizu” exhibited at the 4th Painting Co-Promotion Society of the Japan Youth Painting Association held in 1895, and the 2nd painting of the Japan Painting Association in 1897.

Shoda Koho’s entire body of work seems to have been done for Hasegawa/Nishinomiya Publishing and ranged from standalone prints, illustrations that were done for various books and calendars, and series such as in the Hasegawa’s Night Scenes series) and the series “Japanese Scenes on Tanzaku“.

Signature Seals


Koho, Shoda


(A+) Excellent Condition








Oban (10"x15")


Boats, Bridge, Landscape, People, Rain, River / Lake / Ocean

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