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Maker(s):Koizumi Kishio
Culture:Japanese (1893-1945)
Title:Mitsui and Mitsukoshi Department Stores (Mitsui to Mitsukoshi) from 'One Hundred Woodblock Printed Views of Greater Tokyo in Showa: number 3' series (Showa Tokyo fukei hanga hyakuzue hanpu ga dai sankei)
Date Made:1930 (Showa 5)
Materials:woodblock print on medium weight wove paper
Measurements:Sheet: 15 1/2 in x 11 3/4 in; 39.37 cm x 29.845 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2008.34
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 early prints in Koizumi’s series celebrate the reconstruction of the city after the Great Kanto - Earthquake. In the foreground is the new Mitsui Bank near Nihonbashi, which was designed in a Neo-Classical style by the New York firm of Trowbridge & Livingston and opened in 1929. Visible behind the bank is the Mitsukoshi Department Store. Badly damage in the disaster, it had reopened by 1927, but work on the structure was not completed until 1935.
SM 2012

architecture; columns; figures; text; vehicles; national identity

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