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Japanese Woodblock Prints and Brush Paintings Collection
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Series I. Woodblock Prints 1700-1942

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of forty-seven woodblock prints on silk and rice cloth. Of special interest in this series is Hiroshi Yoshida's print Criptomeria Avenue. Yoshida was one of the last artists to work in the traditional shop fashion. Coming from a family of printmakers he initially began his career as a painter, studying in the Japanese city of Kyoto, as well as in Europe. Yoshida is known to have made at least one visit to the United States where he exhibited at the 1915 World Fair in San Francisco, California. The print in this collection is known to be one of the few copies created by Yoshida himself.


The prints in this series are arranged alphabetically by the family name of the artist.
drawer 01-20, Folder 1

Asada Benji 1899-1984


The Pagoda of Ninnaji Temple

drawer 01-20, Folder 6

Chobunsai Eishi


Geisha Girls

drawer 01-20, Folder 7



Geese and Leaves

drawer 01-20, folder 8

Katsushika Hokusai



Physical Description: Envelope containing set of 5 small landscape prints. Includes conservator's note from 1982 about treatments which also references lost slides.

House Scene


Men (Diptich)

Physical Description: 2 prints mounted together on a paper frame.

The Great Wave

drawer 01-20, Folder 2

Kawanabe Kyosui (Gyosui) 1868-1935


Three Ladies Admiring the Maple Tree in the Garden 1890

drawer 01-20, folder 19

Kitagawa Utamaro -1806


Anxious in Love


Beauties Enjoying the Cool Breeze on a Bridge

drawer 01-20, folder 9

Kuniyoshi Yasuo 1893-1953


The Little Pond 1942

drawer 01-20, folder 10

Ogata Korin




Three Cranes


Three Turtles

drawer 01-20, Folder 3

Shunkosai Hokushu active 1809–1832


Seated Woman with Fan 1830

drawer 01-20, Folder 4

Tomioka Eisen 1864-1905


Sailboats by Sunset

drawer 01-20, Folder 20

Torii Kiyonaga 1742-1815


Man With a Tea Housemate


Nihonbashi at New Years


Theatrical Group


Women Going to the City

drawer 01-20, folder 11

Unknown Artists


Flower Cluster


Hillside Villa


Japanese Lady with Blossoms


Japanese Plants


Sacred Mountain and Treasure Stone Shrine Landscape


Leafy Plant


Mounted and Un-mounted Samurai Battling


Crossing a Bridge during a Festival in November


Rock and Flowering Branch


Mikoshi being Carried during a Festival in June


Two Japanese Men

drawer 01-20, folder 12

Urushibara Yoshijiro




Lobster and Clams

drawer 01-20, Folder 5

Utagawa (Ando) Hiroshige 1797-1858


Row of Trees

drawer 01-20, folder 13

Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1798-1861



drawer 01-20, Folder 14

Utagawa Toyokuni 1769-1825


Geisha Girl


Rich Man's Servant

drawer 01-20, Folder 15

Watanbe Shotei



drawer 01-20, Folder 16

Yamakawa Shuho 1898-1944


Modern Matsume

drawer 01-20, Folder 17

Yoshida Hiroshi 1876-1950


Criptomeria Avenue


Evening at Hot Springs


On the Lake (Ike-No-Hata)


Series II. Brush Paintings 1958

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of three paintings created by artist Shuho Kawashima as a demonstration of the technique of Japanese brush painting in Dr. Esther Shephard's SJSU class in Oriental Literature (English 119) on May 15, 1958.
The paintings are described by the artist as being depictions of "Pine, Bamboo, and Plum Blossom, the 'Three That Do Not Fear The Winter.'" "They are especially honored by the Chinese and the Japanese, the first two because they remain green through the season of 'Great Cold,' the last because it lives to a gnarled old age and each year puts out its blossoms very early in the spring."


The paintings in this series are in one folder.
drawer 01-20, folder 18

Kawashima Shuho May 5,1958

Physical Description: 3 brush paintings.