Seichi Shiseki Meisho - Scenes of Sacred Places and Historic Landmarks - Tomikichiro Tokuriki
Tomikichiro Tokuriki collection, Ohmi Gallery
Scenes of Sacred Places and Historic Landmarks (Translating the print titles will take some time).

Published by Uchida on 20th September, 1941, this 50-print set by Tomikichiro Tokuriki contains scenes from Japan's most sacred and historic shrines, temples, castles, and other various man-made and natural structures like bridges and waterfalls. This set was republished in 1988, but using machine printing (not the woodblock process).

I have been fortunate enough to obtain a complete set of prints from this series. Each print is housed in a mica-impregnated folder (lightly attached in two places on the verso) with a sheet of tissue paper separating the front of the print from the windowed front of the folder. The 50 folders are housed in their original lacquered wooden box with tatou-like folding covers. Included with the prints is a traditionally-bound 110-page booklet about the series, printed on washi paper and containing details of each of the 50 scenes, including monochrome photos of each print. Also included are several cardboard inserts and prints containing words and verses in traditional 'Shodo' Japanese calligraphic style, which I have not had time to translate yet. In all, a very beautiful and complete set in very good condition.

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Left - Top of the tatou folder which wraps around the complete box set. Right - Inside tatou top cover with lion emblem embossing

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Left - Lift-out cover of the wooden box which holds the 50-print set. Right - Prints in the box.

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Left - Front cover of ~110-page book which details the complete series. Right - An example of one entry in the book, showing a print in monochrome along with a full-page summary of the scene's historical significance.


Complete view of the wooden box with the two tatou covers opened. The complete 50 prints can be easily removed using the material loops at each side of the box.


The Complete Series of Prints
Print Print Print Ise Ujihashi Bridge Ise Futami Bay in Mie Prefecture
Opening words by Mr Sasaki Opening verse from Ms Takahama Table of Contents Print 1: Ise Ujihashi Bridge Print 2: Ise Futami Bay in Mie Prefecture

Himuka Takachiho Mountain Pass Izumo Shrine Kirishima Jingu Shrine Print Udo Shrine in Miyazaki Prefecture
Print 3: Himuka Takachiho Mountain Pass Print 4: Izumo Shrine Print 5: Kirishima Jingu Shrine Print 6: Takachiho Gorge Print 7: Udo Shrine in Miyazaki Prefecture

Aso Shrine in Higo Huga Miyazaki amato Kawakami Shrine Kameyama Shrine in Kishu Kishu Nichizengu Shrine
Print 8: Aso Shrine in Higo Print 9: Huga Miyazaki Print 10: Yamato Kawakami Shrine Print 11: Kameyama Shrine in Kishu

Print 12: Kishu Nichizengu Shrine
Fukuhara Shrine in Yamato The front gate of Atsuta Jingu Shrine Sessyu Sumiyoshi Shrine Night Scene at Nara Horyu-ji Temple
Print 13: Fukuhara Shrine in Yamato Print 14: The front gate of Atsuta Jingu Shrine

Print 15: Sessyu Sumiyoshi Shrine Print 16: Night Scene at Nara Print 17: Horyu-ji Temple
Print Usa Jingu Shrine, Kyushu Print Print Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Chikushi
Print 18: Nara Kasuga Shrine Print 19: Usa Jingu Shrine, Kyushu Print 20 Print 21: Mt Koya in Kishu Province Print 22: Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine in Chikushi
Aki Miyajima Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Kamakura Great Buddha at Kamakura Chikuzen Hakosakigu Shrine Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple
Print 23: Aki Miyajima Print 24: Tsurugaoka Hachiman Shrine, Kamakura Print 25: Great Buddha at Kamakura (Soshu Kamakura Daibutsu)

Print 26: Chikuzen Hakosakigu Shrine Print 27: Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple
Kasagiyama Yamato Yoshinoyama Print Aishu Kamakuragu Shrine Yamato Shigisan Shrine, Nara
Print 28: Kasagiyama Print 29: Yamato Yoshinoyama Print 30: Nawa Shrine in Tottori Prefecture

Print 31: Aishu Kamakuragu Shrine Print 32: Yamato Shigisan Shrine, Nara
Kanshin-Ji Temple Print Odawara Castle Print Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto
Print 33: Kanshin-Ji Temple Print 34 Print 35: Odawara Castle Print 36 Print 37: Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto

Print Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture Matsue Castle Suwa Kintaikyo Bridge at Iwakuni Ohmi Katata Ukimido Temple
Print 38 Print 39: Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Tochigi Prefecture

Print 40: Matsue Castle Print 41: Suwa Kintaikyo Bridge at Iwakuni Print 42: Ohmi Katata Ukimido Temple
Print Print Kumamoto Castle Kagoshima Shiroyama Hiroshima Daihonei
Print 43: Former Residence of Ohishi Yoshio in Ako, Banshu Province

Print 44 Print 45: Kumamoto Castle Print 46: Kagoshima Shiroyama Print 47: Hiroshima Daihonei
Print Niju-bashi Bridge Miyazaki Hakkouichiu Kichu
Print 48 Print 49: Niju-bashi Bridge Print 50: Miyazaki Hakkouichiu Kichu

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