Takeji Asano
Takeji Asano was born in Kyoto in 1900 and underwent a long and intensive art training - first at the Kyoto City School of Fine Arts, from which he graduated in 1919, and later at the Kyoto City specialist School of Painting, with graduation in 1923. One of his teachers was Tsuchida Bakusen.

In 1930 Asano participated in the series "Sosaku Hanga Shin Kyoto Junikagetsu" (Creative Prints of Twelve Months in New Kyoto). Other contributing artists were Tokuriki Tomikichiro and Asada Benji. Further landscape prints followed in the 1930s.

After the war in 1947, Asano created the series "Kinki Meisho Fukei" ("Famous Places in Kinki" - the Kyoto-Osaka area). This series was self-carved and self-printed by the artist with a high technical level. In the 1950s Asano created many works that were published by Unsodo. In 1954, he produced the series "Kinki Hakkei" (Eight Views of Kinki), and in 1956 he produced the series "Tokyo Meisho" (Famous Places in Tokyo). All prints were self-carved and self-printed (see both series below).

Asano died at the age of 99 in 1999.

I have several prints by Takeji Asano available here.


Print Series by Takeji Asano
Series title Date Series size
(# prints)
Comments
Kyoto Workmen and Craftsmen in Pictures
京洛匠工図絵
1972-73 12 scenes Eleven scenes have been confirmed (please see my JAODB Research Database)

Here and There in Hokkaido
北海道散見
1971-72 12 scenes

Here and There in Joshin'etsu
上信越散見
1969 12 scenes

Here and There in Shikoku
四国散見
1967 10 scenes

Nostalgic Japanese Villages
日本聚落懐古
1967-68 10 scenes

Here and There in the West
西洋所々
1966 10 scenes

? 1960 5 scenes confirmed Prints have slim silvered margins and are mounted on a decorative cardboard.
1960 Palace of Shugaku-In
1960 Hamaotsu Yacht Harbour
1960 Mt. Hiei (Hieizan)
1960 Mt. Yoshino
1960 Whirlpools at Naruto

Seto Inland Sea
瀬戸内海
1960-61 ? scenes

Eight Subjects of Sea and Mountains
海山八題
1958-59 8 scenes Confirmed. See my JAODB research database for the full series.

Famous Places in Kyoto, Continued
京洛名所続編
1957-58 ? Shikishi (square) format. See my JAODB research database for some scenes from this series.

Famous Places in Tokyo
東京名所
1956 10 scenes See this series below.

Famous Places in Kyoto
京洛名所
1955-58 12 scenes Shikishi (square) format. See my JAODB research database for the full series.

Eight Views of Kinki
近畿名勝¹
1954 8 scenes See this series below. Title has not been confirmed.

Eight Views of Nara ¹ 1948 8 scenes?? Title has not been confirmed. I suspect that this is the same series as "Famous Places in Nara" below.
1948/02 "Mount Wakakusa"

Famous Places in Nara
奈良名勝
1947-1948 8 scenes 1947/04 "Nanen-Do Temple in the Rain"
1947/09 "Nigatsudo Temple"
1947/11 "Yakushi-Ji Temple in Autumn"
1948/01 "Snow at Sarusawa Pond"
1948/04 "Daibutsu-Den From Afar"
1948/05 "Kasuga Jinjya"

Famous Places in Kinki ¹ 1947 ² ? Title and date have not been confirmed. May be the same series as "Views of Kinki" below.

Eight Aspects of Mt. Fuji
富士ハ題
1944 8 scenes 8 scene confirmed
See my JAODB research database for the full series

Views of Kinki ? ? One scene of lighthouse confirmed.

Seizan Sacred Mountain
聖山霊峰
1942 ?

Snow, Moon, and Flowers at Temples in Kyoto
(京洛名刹雪月花)
1940-1941 12 scenes 5 scenes confirmed
1940/04 "Kiyomizudera in Spring"
1940/06 "?" (Rain at a temple gate)
1940/08 Heavy Showers at Higashi-hongan-ji Temple
1940/09 "?" (night view of temple gate)
1940/10 "Obakusan in Early Autumn"

New Osaka Views 1934 Said to be 8 scenes, designed in 1932. 1 scene confirmed
1934/07 "Night Moon at ?? River"

Famous Places in the New Capital
(新京名所)
1932 12 scene, unconfirmed

New Kyoto Scenes
(新京都風景)
1930 12 scene, unconfirmed In collaboration with Tokuriki Tomikichiro and Asada Benji.

New Kyoto Views ? 2 scenes confirmed Limited edition of 100 sets.
Tsutenbashi Autumn Scenery
View Inside Gyoen Imperial Palace

Views of Wakayama ¹ ? ? (at least 7 scenes) See this series below. Title and date have not been confirmed.

Mt Fuji 1940s? 4 scenes Postcard-sized prints. See this series below.

Noted Places of Nara 1950s? 4 scenes Postcard-sized prints. See this series below.

Eight Views of Noted Places of Kyoto Post-war 8 scenes Koban-sized prints, with album. Four of these scenes were also used in the series "Noted Places of Kyoto" below.

Noted Places of Kyoto Post-war 4 scenes. Koban-sized prints, with album. Takes 4 of the same scenes from the above series "Eight Views of Kyoto"
Spring - Kiyomizu Temple
Summer - Daimonji Buddhist Fire
Autumn - Tofukuji Temple
Winter - Tohji Temple.

  ¹ Title has not been confirmed.
  ² Date has not been confirmed.
If you have information regarding prints not listed above, please email me scans of the prints and any titled folder covers.

Heian Shrine 50th Anniversary - Postcard Print Series
Asano Takeji - Spring Asano Takeji - Autumn Asano Takeji - Winter Asano Takeji - Series Envelope
Asano Takeji
Spring
1944 March 19

Asano Takeji
Autumn
1944 March 19

Asano Takeji
Winter
1944 March 19

Asano Takeji
Series Envelope
1944 March 19

Other Asano prints
First Edition Prints
Asano Takeji - Kamakura Great Buddha Big Buddha Of Todaiji Temple Lake Shojin Lesson In Japanese Dancing
Asano Takeji
Kamakura Great Buddha
1948
Big Buddha Of Todaiji Temple
[First edition]
1953
Lake Shojin
[First edition]
February
1947
Lesson In Japanese Dancing
[First edition]
1949
Spring in Daigoji Temple Untitled Fish Print
Spring in Daigoji Temple
[First edition]
1951
Untitled Fish Print
Circa 1930s/40s
Later Edition Prints
Night Scene of Kasuga Shrine Night Scene of Kitano Shrine Spring in Daigoji Temple
Night Scene of Kasuga Shrine
c1950s

Moonlight in Yasaka Pagoda
1951
Spring in Daigoji Temple
1951

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