Hasegawa / Nishinomiya
Japanese Scenes on "Tanzaku"
Vertical, narrow prints are a by-product of traditional Japanese architecture, which offered very few
solid wall surfaces.
Many times, the only solid surface available for the hanging of pictures, were the structural posts which
held up the roof.
"Pillar prints" became a genre unto themselves and were referred to in Japanese as hashira-e or
The design of pleasing compositions within such a constrained format is a serious challenge for the artist.
Yoshimoto Gesso and Shoda Koho, the artists who designed the prints in this series, have certainly risen to
this challenge and produced a wide variety of wonderful designs.
This series was listed simply as 1 line item in the Hasegawa / Nishinomiya catalog, as shown in the scan above.
The implication is that there were 96 separate images available.
They were sold as sets of 12 prints for $3.50 per set!
Please note that they are no longer available at that price.
Most of the prints in my collection came to me tipped to a backing paper which was stamped with a catalog
These numbers are recorded below, in the display of prints and seem to come sequentially soon after the
set numbers (1501 through 1508).
All of these prints in my possession were trimmed right to the image.
It's unusual to see one with a margin.
This page is starting off (in November, 2001) with less than half of the images in the complete series.
If you are able to capture digital files of any images which are missing here, please
let me know.
Some of the prints shown here (numbered 9000+) are missing the actual Hasegawa catalog numbers.
If you are aware of the correct number for these, it would be very much appreciated if you would get in touch.