Fourteen views of Himeji Castle

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Himeji Castle, Evening (1926) by Hiroshi Yoshida.

If you’ve ever seen Akira Kurosawa’s Ran then you’ve seen Himeji Castle inside as well as out, a memorable sight not only for its vast size—the castle is the largest in Japan—but also for its brilliant white facade. Despite the building’s great age and importance it doesn’t seem to have been a popular subject for ukiyo-e prints which makes me wonder if there was ever a prohibition against this. Or were castles an unpopular subject compared to the more familar views of shrines and temples? Whatever the reason, all the prints here are from 20th- and 21st-century artists showing the place in a variety of seasons and weathers. The castle also appears in Kurosawa’s Kagemusha, a film I haven’t seen for many years. Time for a re-viewing, I think.

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Himeji Castle (1930) by Hasui Kawase.

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Himeji Castle (1942) by Toshi Yoshida.

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Himeji Castle (1948) by Hasui Kawase.

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Himeji Castle (c.1950s) by Tomikichiro Tokuriki.

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Himeji Castle (1951) by Toshi Yoshida.

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Himeji Castle (1952) by Mori Masamoto.

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Evening at the Old Castle (1953) by Mori Masamoto.

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Himeji Castle (1954) by Takeji Asano.

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Spring Rain at Himeji Castle (1955) by Heigo Kimura.

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Himeji Castle (1956) by Mori Masamoto.

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Himeji Castle in Spring (1978) by Hashimoto Okiie.

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Autumn at Himeji Castle (1978) by Hashimoto Okiie.

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Himeji Castle (2004) by Paul Binnie.

Previously on { feuilleton }
One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji
The art of Kato Teruhide, 1936–2015
Fifteen ghosts and a demon
Hiroshi Yoshida’s India
The art of Hasui Kawase, 1883–1957
The art of Paul Binnie
Nineteen views of Zen gardens
Ten views of the Itsukushima Shrine
Charles Bartlett’s prints
Sixteen views of Meoto Iwa
Waves and clouds
Yoshitoshi’s ghosts
Japanese moons
The Hell Courtesan
Nocturnes

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