Shiro Kasamatsu – Rainy Evening at the Yasaka Pagoda


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Kasamatsu, Shiro


(A) Very Fine Condition






Watanabe Shozaburo


Mid Edition


Oban (10"x15")


Night, Rain, Shrines / Temples / Castle

A beautiful woman walks under an umbrella outside the gates of the Yasaka Pagoda at night, the rain coming down in streaks. Skillful bokashi shading in the sky gently highlighting the pagoda.

The Woodblock Print

Originally published in 1932, this is a post-war edition of the print published by Watanabe (featuring the 6mm Watanabe seal in the lower left corner of the print. This oban-sized print is in very fine condition with striking detail, color and saturation. No discolorations or fading, good bleed-through, and a mostly clean verso; some residue from prior framing/tipping.

About the Artist

Shiro Kasamatsu (笠松 紫浪, 1898-1991) was a Japanese engraver and print maker trained and excelled in the Shin-Hanga and Sōsaku-Hanga styles of woodblock printing.

Shiro was born in Tokyo in 1898, and was apprenticed at the age of 13 to Kaburagi Kiyokata (1878–1973), a traditional master of bijin-ga. Kasamatsu however took an interest in landscape and was given the pseudonym “Shiro” by his teacher. Kasamatsu made woodblock prints for the publisher Shōzaburō Watanabe from 1919 until the late 1940s. All of the earlier woodblocks were destroyed in a fire in Watanabe’s print shop following the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Around 50 prints were published by Watanabe by the late 1940s. Kasamatsu began to partner with Unsodo in Kyoto from the 1950s and produced nearly 102 prints by 1960. He also began to print and publish on his own in the Sōsaku-Hanga style, producing nearly 80 Sōsaku-Hanga prints between 1955 and 1965 (pencil signed and numbered editions).

Shiro Kasamatsu is unique within modern Japanese woodblock printmakers in that he is equally well-regarded for both his shin-hanga and sosaku-hanga prints.