Takeji Asano
Takeji Asano was born in Kyoto in 1900 and underwent a long and intensive art training - first at the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1919, and later at the Kyoto City specialist School of Painting, with graduation in 1923. One of his teachers was Tsuchida Bakusen.

In 1930 Asano participated in the series "Sosaku Hanga Shin Kyoto Junikagetsu" (Creative Prints of Twelve Months in New Kyoto). Other contributing artists were Tokuriki Tomikichiro and Asada Benji. Further landscape prints followed in the 1930s.

After the war in 1947, Asano created the series "Kinki Meisho Fukei" ("Famous Places in Kinki" - the Kyoto-Osaka area). This series was self-carved and self-printed by the artist with a high technical level. In the 1950s Asano created many works that were published by Unsodo. In 1954, he produced the series "Kinki Hakkei" (Eight Views of Kinki), and in 1956 he produced the series "Tokyo Meisho" (Famous Places in Tokyo). All prints were self-carved and self-printed (see both series below).

Asano died at the age of 99 in 1999.

I have several prints by Takeji Asano available here.


Print Series by Takeji Asano
Series title Date Series size
(# prints)
Comments
Here and There in Hokkaido
北海道散見
1971-72 12 scenes

Here and There in Joshin'etsu
上信越散見
1969 12 scenes

Here and There in Shikoku
四国散見
1967 10 scenes

Nostalgic Japanese Villages
日本聚落懐古
1967-68 10 scenes

Here and There in the West
西洋所々
1966 10 scenes

? 1960 5 scenes confirmed Prints have slim silvered margins and are mounted on a decorative cardboard.
1960 Palace of Shugaku-In
1960 Hamaotsu Yacht Harbour
1960 Mt. Hiei (Hieizan)
1960 Mt. Yoshino
1960 Whirlpools at Naruto

Seto Inland Sea
瀬戸内海
1960-61 ? scenes

Eight Subjects of Mountains and Sea
海山八題
1958-59 8 scenes

Famous Places in Kyoto, Continued
京洛名所続編
1957-58 ? Shikishi (square) format. See my JAODB research database for some scenes from this series.

Famous Places in Tokyo
東京名所
1956 10 scenes See this series below.

Famous Places in Kyoto
京洛名所
1955-57 12 scenes Shikishi (square) format. See my JAODB research database for the full series.

Eight Views of Kinki
近畿名勝¹
1954 8 scenes See this series below. Title has not been confirmed.

Eight Views of Nara ¹ 1948 8 scenes?? Title has not been confirmed. I suspect that this is the same series as "Famous Places in Nara" below.
1948/02 "Mount Wakakusa"

Famous Places in Nara
奈良名勝
1947-1948 8 scenes 1947/04 "Nanen-Do Temple in the Rain"
1947/09 "Nigatsudo Temple"
1947/11 "Yakushi-Ji Temple in Autumn"
1948/01 "Snow at Sarusawa Pond"
1948/04 "Daibutsu-Den From Afar"
1948/05 "Kasuga Jinjya"

Famous Places in Kinki ¹ 1947 ² ? Title and date have not been confirmed. May be the same series as "Views of Kinki" below.

Eight Aspects of Mt. Fuji
富士ハ題
1944 8 scenes 8 scene confirmed
See my JAODB research database for the full series

Views of Kinki ? ? One scene of lighthouse confirmed.

Seizan Sacred Mountain
聖山霊峰
1942 ?

Snow, Moon, and Flowers at Temples in Kyoto
(京洛名刹雪月花)
1940-1941 12 scenes 5 scenes confirmed
1940/04 "Kiyomizudera in Spring"
1940/06 "?" (Rain at a temple gate)
1940/08 Heavy Showers at Higashi-hongan-ji Temple
1940/09 "?" (night view of temple gate)
1940/10 "Obakusan in Early Autumn"

New Osaka Views 1934 Said to be 8 scenes, designed in 1932. 1 scene confirmed
1934/07 "Night Moon at ?? River"

Famous Places in the New Capital
(新京名所)
1932 12 scene, unconfirmed

New Kyoto Scenes
(新京都風景)
1930 12 scene, unconfirmed In collaboration with Tokuriki Tomikichiro and Asada Benji.

New Kyoto Views ? 2 scenes confirmed Limited edition of 100 sets.
Tsutenbashi Autumn Scenery
View Inside Gyoen Imperial Palace

Views of Wakayama ¹ ? ? (at least 7 scenes) See this series below. Title and date have not been confirmed.

Mt Fuji 1940s? 4 scenes Postcard-sized prints. See this series below.

Noted Places of Nara 1950s? 4 scenes Postcard-sized prints. See this series below.

Eight Views of Noted Places of Kyoto Post-war 8 scenes Koban-sized prints, with album. Four of these scenes were also used in the series "Noted Places of Kyoto" below.

Noted Places of Kyoto Post-war 4 scenes. Koban-sized prints, with album. Takes 4 of the same scenes from the above series "Eight Views of Kyoto"
Spring - Kiyomizu Temple
Summer - Daimonji Buddhist Fire
Autumn - Tofukuji Temple
Winter - Tohji Temple.

  ¹ Title has not been confirmed.
  ² Date has not been confirmed.
If you have information regarding prints not listed above, please email me scans of the prints and any titled folder covers.

Famous Places in Tokyo
This is a rare series of 10 landscape prints by Takeji Asano (self printed and possibly self-carved). The series came with all 10 prints held in a large canvas 'tatou' folder that is held closed by two ivory pins. Each print is held in its own separate paper folder with cutout window. On the verso of each folder is an explanation of each scene written in Japanese. Another beautiful landscape series by Asano!

Sengakuji Temple in Rain
Sengakuji Temple in Rain

Shinobazu Pond Moonlight Early Spring at Sumida River Kabuki-za Theatre
Twilight at Zojoji Temple Spring Colours at Sakurada Gate Print 7 Moonlight at Yanagi Bridge

Tatou folio. Tatou folio.
Snow at Tsukudashima/td> Spring Rain at Benkei Bashi Tatou folio Tatou folio opened showing
print folder cover

Eight Views of Kinki
Asano Takeji - Shinyo Temple in Snow Asano Takeji - Wakano-ura in Moonlight Asano Takeji - Spring in Arashiyama Asano Takeji - Himeji Castle
Asano Takeji
Shinyo Temple in Snow
1954, January


Asano Takeji
Wakano-ura in Moonlight
1954, February


Asano Takeji
Spring in Arashiyama
1954, April


Asano Takeji
Himeji Castle
1954, July


Asano Takeji - Yasaka Pagoda Asano Takeji - Ukimido Temple Evening Moon Asano Takeji - Kofukuji in Autumn Asano Takeji - Sumiyoshi Shrine in Snow
Asano Takeji
Yasaka Pagoda
1954, August


Asano Takeji
Ukimido Temple Evening Moon
1954, September


Asano Takeji
Kofukuji in Autumn
1954, October


Asano Takeji
Sumiyoshi Shrine in Snow
1954, November


Views of Wakayama
(need to confirm the series title)
Asano Takeji - Koyasan Nemoto Big Pagoda Asano Takeji - Nachi Waterfall Asano Takeji - Wakanoura Asano Takeji - Shirahama Onsen
Asano Takeji
Koyasan Nemoto Big Pagoda
1940s


Asano Takeji
Nachi Waterfall
1940s


Asano Takeji
Wakanoura
1940s


Asano Takeji
Shirahama Onsen
1940s


Asano Takeji - Dorokyo Gorge Asano Takeji - Kinomastushima Asano Takeji - Big Pagoda at Negoroji Temple  (National Treasure)
Asano Takeji
Dorokyo Gorge
1940s


Asano Takeji
Kinomastushima
1940s


Asano Takeji
Big Pagoda at Negoroji Temple (National Treasure)
1940s



Mount Fuji - Postcard Print Series
Asano Takeji - Mt Fuji From Mishima Asano Takeji - Mt Fuji From Izu Mito Asano Takeji - Mt Fuji From Utsuno Asano Takeji - Mt Fuji From Utsuno
Asano Takeji
Mt Fuji From Mishima
1930s/40s


Asano Takeji
Mt Fuji From Izu Mito
1930s/40s


Asano Takeji
Mt Fuji From Utsuno
1930s/40s


Asano Takeji
Mt Fuji From Utsuno
1930s/40s


Notes Series cover paper
Notes Washi cover

Noted Places in Nara - Postcard Print Series
Spring - Wakakusa Hill Summer - Sarusawa Pond Autumn - Nara Park Winter - Kasuga Shrine
Spring - Wakakusa Hill Summer - Sarusawa Pond Autumn - Nara Park Winter - Kasuga Shrine

Views of Kyoto - Postcard Print Series
Arashiyama Heian Jingu Shrine Kiyomizu Temple
Arashiyama Heian Jingu Shrine

Kiyomizu Temple
Daimonji Unread, Pagoda In Snow Village Scene
Daimonji Unread
Pagoda In Snow

Unread
Village Scene
Heian Shrine 50th Anniversary - Postcard Print Series
Asano Takeji - Spring Asano Takeji - Autumn Asano Takeji - Winter Asano Takeji - Series Envelope
Asano Takeji
Spring
1944 March 19

Asano Takeji
Autumn
1944 March 19

Asano Takeji
Winter
1944 March 19

Asano Takeji
Series Envelope
1944 March 19

Other Asano prints
First Edition Prints
Asano- Bamboo in Shrine Asano- Moonlight In Yasaka Pagoda Arashiyama Sarusawa Pond
Bamboo in Shrine
[First edition]
1953
Moonlight In Yasaka Pagoda
[First edition]
1951

Arashiyama
[First edition]
1949
Sarusawa Pond
[First edition]
1949
Big Buddha Of Todaiji Temple Famous Places In Nara, February Wakakusayama (Mount Wakakusa) Night Scene of Kitano Shrine
Big Buddha Of Todaiji Temple
[First edition]
1953
Nigatsu-Do Temple(二月堂)
Famous Places in Nara
[First edition]
September 1947
Mount Wakakusa
Eight Views of Nara
[First edition]
February 1948

Night Scene of Kitano Shrine
[First edition]
1952
Bamboo Grove Of Saga Lake Shojin Lesson In Japanese Dancing Snow at Ginkakuji Temple
Bamboo Grove Of Saga
[First edition]
1952
Lake Shojin
[First edition]
February
1947
Lesson In Japanese Dancing
[First edition]
1949
Snow at Ginkakuji Temple
[First edition]
c 1930s

Rain At Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto Rice Transplantation Rice Cake Making Tojinbo
Rain At Sanjusangendo Temple, Kyoto
[First edition]
1953

Rice Transplantation
[First edition]
1949
Rice Cake Making
[First edition]
1949
Tojinbo
[First edition]
1949
Early Spring in Fushimi, Kyoto Spring in Daigoji Temple Spring in Daigoji Temple Untitled Fish Print
Early Spring in Fushimi, Kyoto
[First edition]
1953

Spring in Daigoji Temple
[First edition]
1951
Rain At Enrakuji Temple, Shiga
[First edition]
1951
Untitled Fish Print
Circa 1930s/40s
Early Spring in Fushimi, Kyoto Drying Of Yuzen Material Asano Takeji - Kamakura Great Buddha Rain in Kiyomizu Temple
Palace Garden View
[First edition]
pre-war
Drying Of Yuzen Material
[First edition]
1949
Asano Takeji
Kamakura Great Buddha
1948 May


Rain in Kiyomizu Temple
[First edition]
1951
Asano_Takeji - Drizzling Rain in Nijyo Castle, Kyoto Asano Takeji - Saururus Chinensis and Hypericum Patulum
Asano Takeji
Drizzling Rain in Nijyo Castle, Kyoto
1953 [First edition]

Asano Takeji
Saururus Chinensis and Hypericum Patulum
1930s


Later Edition Prints
Moonlight In Mii Temple Night Scene of Kitano Shrine Snow in Chioin Temple, Kyoto Snow in Toji Temple
Moonlight In Mii Temple
c1950s
Night Scene of Kitano Shrine
1952
Snow in Chioin Temple, Kyoto
1953

Snow in Toji Temple
c1950s
Asano Takeji - Moon Light in Wakanoura, Wakayama Night Scene of Kitano Shrine Asano Takeji - Snow in Kofukuji Temple Spring in Daigoji Temple
Asano Takeji
Moon Light in Wakanoura, Wakayama
1952


Moonlight in Yasaka Pagoda
1951
Asano Takeji
Snow in Kofukuji Temple
1952


Spring in Daigoji Temple
1951
Asano Takeji - Snow in Hiunkaku, Nishihonganji Temple, Kyoto Snow in Yuki Shrine Night Scene of Kasuga Shrine Asano Takeji - Kiyamachi Street, Kyoto
Asano Takeji
Snow in Hiunkaku, Nishihonganji Temple, Kyoto
1952


Snow in Yuki Shrine
1952
Twilight in the Village, Nara
1953
Asano Takeji
Kiyamachi Street, Kyoto
1951


Night Scene of Kasuga Shrine
Night Scene of Kasuga Shrine
c1950s

Other Works of Art by Takeji
Asano Takeji - Bird
Asano Takeji
Bird
1940s/50s/60s

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