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Maker(s):Koizumi Kishio
Culture:Japanese (1893-1945)
Title:Spring Sumo Tournament, Kokugi Hall (Haru basho no Kokugikan) from 'One Hundred Woodblock Printed Views of Greater Tokyo in Showa: number 59' series (Showa Tokyo fukei hanga hyakuzue hanpu ga dai gojukyu kei)
Date Made:1935 (Showa 10)
Materials:woodblock print
Measurements:Sheet: 15 1/2 in x 11 3/4 in; 39.37 cm x 29.845 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2008.36
Credit Line:Gift of Charles Wilkes (Class of 1971) and Helen Wilkes, (Parents, Class of 2008)
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
The National Sports Arena, the location of the three of the six yearly sumo tournaments held in Tokyo, was one of the few structures in the Honjo district, on the east bank of the Sumida River, to survive the earthquake relatively undamaged. Koizumi depicts the spring tournament of 1935. To the left of the entrance, two men read about the upcoming bouts. A huge wrestler walks past the ticket booth, and a policeman stands guard.
SM 2012

architecture; figures; national identity; flags; police officers

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