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'Yasaka Shrine'

This beautiful print depicts visitors gathering at the entrance to Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto. Also known as Gion Shrine, it is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1350 years ago, the shrine is located between the popular Gion and Higashiyama districts and is often visited by tourists walking between the two. In front of it stands a dance stage with hundreds of lanterns that get lit in the evenings. Yasaka Shrine is well known for its summer festival, the Gion Matsuri, which is celebrated every July. Arguably the most famous festival in the whole country, it dates back over a thousand years and involves a procession with massive floats and hundreds of participants. The shrine also becomes busy during the cherry blossom season around early April, as the adjacent Maruyama Park is one of the most famous cherry blossom spots in Kyoto. This is a stunning image, in typical Yoshida style. This colorful woodblock print was introduced in 1935. This is a later edition, c1940s. It bears Yoshida's signature and his 'Hiroshi' seal, along with its Kanji and Roman title and his signature in pencil. The print's sight size is 15.5" x 10.25" under its ivory mat, and the simple wood frame measures 19.5" x 14.25". It is in excellent original condition, with minimal even toning.           

P20069   $1295.00

Hiroshi Yoshida (1876-1950) 'Yasaka Shrine'

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