Tsuchiya Koitsu
Born in 1870 near Hamamatsu City (Shizuoka Prefecture) with the name "Koichi", Koitsu moved to Tokyo at the age of fifteen. He had planned to apprentice with Matsuzaki, a carver for the artist Kobayashi Kiyochika, but instead, he became Kiyochika's apprentice and moved into his home to study art and print design. It is through Kiyochika that Koitsu gained his trademark skill in the subtle use of light and shadow for his landscape prints. Koitsu lived with Kiyochika for 19 years, working and studying with him until Meiji 36 (1903). In Taisho 11 (1922) he moved to his wife's place of birth in Chigasaki City and lived there until his death.

Although Koitsu first designed woodblock prints during the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895), and later worked as a lithographer, he only really became a successful artist after his chance-meeting with Watanabe Shozaburo, the founder of the shin hanga print movement, at an exhibition of Kiyochika's works in 1931 that marked the anniversary of Kiyochika's death. In 1932 he started to produce landscape prints in the shin hanga style for Watanabe, the first being titled 'Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gion', and he went on to design a total of ten prints for Watanabe. He later designed prints for various publishers including Doi Sadaichi (known incorrectly in the West as Doi Teiichi), and a few prints for Kawaguchi, the Kyoto publisher Baba Nobuhiko (19 known prints), the publisher Tanaka Shobido, and the publisher Takemura.

Tsuchiya Koitsu designed shin hanga during the same time as the landscape artist Ishiwata Koitsu, but the two men were not related. Their works are sometimes confused since both artists signed their works "Koitsu". However, the styles of their woodblock prints are quite distinctive, as are their seals. A reference article on seals found on Tsuchiya Koitsu prints can be found here, and other Koitsu research articles can be found in the 'Articles and Research' section of my Koitsu.com site here.

Don't forget to take a look at my comprehensive database of Tsuchiya Koitsu prints here.

Also, the only available reference text on Tsuchiya Koitsu prints by the Chigasaki Art Museum (Japan) entitled "Tsuchiya Koitsu: Adoration of Scenery" is available for purchase here.

I am always looking for Koitsu prints to add to my collection or to use for research purposes, so if you have Koitsu prints that you wish to sell please read here and then email me.

None of the print shown below are for sale, however, I have a small selection of prints by Tsuchiya Koitsu available here.


Oban and Mitsugiri-sized prints
Baba Nobuhiko Published Prints
Lake Yamanaka Lake Yamanaka Sarusawa Pond at Nara Sarusawa Pond at Nara
Lake Yamanaka (1)
[Baba Nobuhiko]
Lake Yamanaka (2)
[Baba Nobuhiko]
Sarusawa Pond at Nara (1)
[Baba Nobuhiko]

Sarusawa Pond at Nara (2)
[Baba Nobuhiko]
Kangetsu Bridge, Shimonoseki Kangetsu Bridge, Shimonoseki Yomei Gate at Nikko Miho at Matsubara
Kangetsu Bridge, Shimonoseki (1)
[Baba Nobuhiko]
Kangetsu Bridge, Shimonoseki (2)
[Baba Nobuhiko]

Yomei Gate at Nikko
[Baba Nobuhiko]
Miho at Matsubara
[Baba Nobuhiko]

Atami at Night Atami at Night Yomei Gate at Nikko Yomei Gate at Nikko
Atami at Night
[Baba Nobuhiko]

Atami at Night
[Baba Nobuhiko]

Nikko Sacred Bridge (1)
[Baba Nobuhiko]
Nikko Sacred Bridge (2)
[Baba Nobuhiko]
Koushu, Lake Kawaguchi
Koushu, Lake Kawaguchi
[Baba Nobuhiko]

Doi Published Prints
Zojyoji Temple in Snow Snow at Sarusawa Pond Kofukuji Temple in Nara Kofukuji Temple in Nara
Zojyoji Temple in Snow
[Hanmoto Tokyo-Do]
Snow at Sarusawa Pond
[Doi Sadaichi]
Kofukuji Temple in Nara
[Doi Hangaten, Offset seals]

Kofukuji Temple in Nara
[Doi Hangaten, In-line seals]

Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi Moonlight Over Hibiya Park Summer Moon at Miyajima Snow at Miyajima
Fuji from Lake Kawaguchi
[Doi Sadaichi]
Moonlight Over Hibiya Park
Tokyo Fukei Series
[Doi Sadaichi]

Summer Moon at Miyajima
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]
Snow at Miyajima
[Doi Hangaten, In-line seals]
Rain at Asakusa Kannon Temple Rain at Asakusa Kannon Temple Ueno Shinobazu Pond Ueno Shinobazu Pond
Rain at Asakusa Kannon Temple
Tokyo Fukei Series
[Doi Sadaichi]

Rain at Asakusa Kannon Temple
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]
Ueno Shinobazu Pond
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]
Ueno Shinobazu Pond
[Hamamatsu-Do]
Benkei Bridge Benkei Bridge Benkei Bridge Benkei Bridge
Benkei Bridge
[Doi Hangaten, In-line seals]

Benkei Bridge
[Hanmoto Tokyo-Do]
Benkei Bridge
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]
Benkei Bridge
[Doi Hangaten, In-line seals]
Plum Nightingale (Oban version) Bush Warbler Nikko Sacred Bridge Nikko Sacred Bridge
Plum Nightingale
(Oban version)
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Plum Nightingale
(Mitsugiri version)
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]
Nikko Sacred Bridge
[Doi Hangaten, In-line seals]
Nikko Sacred Bridge
[Doi]
Nezu Shrine Nezu Shrine Kiyomizudo In Ueno Kiyomizudo In Ueno
Nezu Shrine
[Doi Hangaten, In-line seals]
Nezu Shrine
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Kiyomizudo In Ueno
[Doi Sadaichi]
Kiyomizudo In Ueno
[Hanmoto Tokyo-Do]
Floral Print Kameido Shrine Lake Yamanaka Great Lantern at Asakusa Temple
Nagaragawa Cormorant Fishing
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Kameido Tenmangu Shrine
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Lake Yamanaka
[Doi Hangaten, in-line seals]
Great Lantern at Asakusa Temple
[Doi Sadaichi]

Nijo Castle Nijo Castle Rain at Lake Hakone Floral Print
Nijo Castle
[Iida Kunitaro]

Nijo Castle
[Doi Sadaichi]

Rain at Lake Hakone
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Owl
[Doi Hangaten]

Asakusa Kinryuzan Asakusa Kinryuzan Ueno Koen Nagoya Castle
Asakusa Kinryuzan
[Doi Sadaichi]

Asakusa Kinryuzan
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Ueno Koen
[Doi Eiichi]

Nagoya Castle
[Doi Eiichi]

Sengakuji Temple in Takanawa Spring Rain, Matsushima Akashi Port, Seto Inland Sea Tokaido Numazu
Sengakuji Temple in Takanawa
Tokyo Fukei Series
[Doi Sadaichi]

Spring Rain, Matsushima
[Doi Hangaten, in-line seals]

Akashi Port, Seto Inland Sea
[Doi Sadaichi]

Tokaido Numazu
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Lake Sai Sunset Lake Shojin Yushima Tenjin Shrine Mandarin Ducks
Lake Sai Sunset
[Doi Hangaten, in-line seals]

Lake Shojin
[Doi Hangaten, In-line seals]

Yushima Tenjin Shrine
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Mandarin Ducks
[Doi Eiichi, offset seals]

Morning Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi Suma Beach Tokaido Yaizu-no-hara Yotsuya (Teahouse)
Morning Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi
[Doi Hangaten, in-line seals]

Suma Beach
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Tokaido Yaizu-no-hara
[Doi Eiichi, offset seals]

Yotsuya (Teahouse)
[Doi Sadaichi]
Morning Fuji, Lake Kawaguchi
Nara Horyuji Temple
[Doi Hangaten, offset seals]

Floral Print Floral Print Floral Print
Floral Print
[Doi Sadaichi]
Floral Print
[Doi Sadaichi]

Floral Print
[Doi Sadaichi]
Watanabe Published Prints
Fishing Boat Returning at Sunset, Yabashi Fishing Boat Returning at Sunset, Yabashi Akashi Bay Akashi Bay
Fishing Boat Returning at
Sunset, Yabashi
[Watanabe 6mm]
Fishing Boat Returning at
Sunset, Yabashi
[Watanabe C seal]

Akashi Bay
[Watanabe D seal]
Akashi Bay
[Watanabe 6mm]
Sunset at Tomonotsu, Inland Sea Sunset at Tomonotsu, Inland Sea Snow at Ukimido, Katata Snow at Ukimido, Katata
Sunset at Tomonotsu, Inland Sea
[Watanabe 'F' seal]

Sunset at Tomonotsu, Inland Sea
[Watanabe 6mm]

Snow at Ukimido, Katata
[Watanabe 'C' seal]
Snow at Ukimido, Katata
[Watanabe 6mm]
Sunset Glow At Seta Sunset Glow At Seta Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple
Sunset Glow At Seta
[Watanabe 'F' seal]
Sunset Glow At Seta
[Watanabe 6mm]

Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple
[Watanabe 'C' seal]

Autumn Moon at Ishiyama Temple
[Watanabe 6mm]

Evening Bell at Mii Temple Sunset at Tomonotsu, Inland Sea (recarved variant)
Evening Bell at Mii Temple
[Watanabe 'F' seal]
Sunset at Tomonotsu, Inland Sea
(recarved variant)
[Watanabe 6mm]

Other Publishers
Morigasaki Night Fishing Nikko Futarasan Shrine Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda Lake Kawaguchi
Morigasaki Night Fishing
[Kawaguchi]

Nikko Futarasan Shrine
[Kawaguchi]
Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda
[Kawaguchi]
Lake Kawaguchi
[Takemura]
Nijubashi Bridge Nijubashi Bridge Kashiwara Shrine The Mouth of Banyugawa
Nijubashi Bridge
[Publisher unknown]

Miyajima
[Shobido Tanaka]
Kashiwara Shrine
[publisher unknown]
The Mouth of Banyugawa
[Takemura]
Brush Paintings by Tsuchiya Koitsu
Untitled Floral Print Untitled Floral Print Untitled Floral Print Untitled Floral Print

Tulips
Chuban and Koban size prints
Doi Published Prints
Snowy Miyajima Matsushima Tago Bay Evening at Miidera
Snowy Miyajima
[Doi Sadaichi]
Matsushima
[Doi Sadaichi]
Matsushima
(Greyscale version)
[Doi Hangaten]

Evening at Miidera
[Doi Sadaichi]

Maiko Sea Shore (Chuban) Maiko Sea Shore (Chuban) Sparrows Sparrows
Maiko Sea Shore
[Doi Sadaichi]
Maiko Sea Shore
(Greyscale version)
[Doi Hangaten]

Sparrows
[Doi Hangaten]
Sparrows (Restrike)
[Doi]
Nikko Futarasan Shrine (Chuban) Nikko Futarasan Shrine (Chuban) Yokohama Sankei Garden Manazuru Harbour
Nikko Futarasan Shrine
[Doi Sadaichi]
Nikko Futarasan Shrine
[Hanmoto Tokyo-Do]
Yokohama Sankei Garden
[Doi Hangaten]

Manazuru Harbour
[Doi Hangaten]
West Izu, Mitsu Bay Tago Bay Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda Plum Nightingale
West Izu, Mitsu Bay
[Doi Eiichi]
Tago Bay
[Doi Sadaichi]
Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda
[Doi Hangaten]

Plum Nightingale
[Doi]

Takemura Hideo Published Prints
Rice planting (Taue) Long Spell of Rain Small Port in Boshu Tago Bay
Rice Planting
[Takemura]
Long Spell of Rain
[Takemura]
Small Port in Boshu
[Takemura]
Tago Bay
[Takemura]
Zojyoji Temple Tonekawa Takeya-no-Watashi
Zojyoji Temple
[Takemura]
Tonekawa
[Takemura]
Takeya Ferry Crossing
[Takemura]
Postcard-sized prints
Kyoto (Postcard) Kyoto Kitano Tenmangu Temple (postcard) Nara (Postcard) Otome Mountain
Kyoto
[Sh˘bid˘]
Kitano Tenmangu Temple
[Takemura]
Nara
[Takemura]
Otome Mountain
[Takemura]
Nagoya Castle Kyoto Sagano (postcard) Kintai Bashi Yotsuya
Nagoya Castle
[Doi]
Asakusa Kinryuzan
[Doi]
Kintai Bashi
[Sh˘bid˘]
Yotsuya
[Doi]
Asakusa Kanzeme (Postcard) Maruyama in Kyoto (Postcard) Sacred Bridge, Nikko (Postcard) Asakusa Temple (Postcard)
Asakusa Kanzeme
[Doi]
Maruyama in Kyoto
[Doi]
Sacred Bridge, Nikko
[Doi]
Asakusa Temple
[Doi]
Yushima Tenjin Shrine (Postcard) Miidera Temple (Postcard) Yakitsugahara (Postcard) Ducks (Postcard)
Yushima Tenjin Shrine
[Doi]
Miidera Temple
[Doi]
Yakitsugahara
[Doi]
Ducks
[Doi]
Kyoto Sagano (postcard) Miidera Temple (Postcard) Kyoto Kamigamo Shrine (Postcard) Matsushima (Postcard)
Kyoto Sagano
[Doi]
Kyoto Sagano - Night Scene
[Doi]
Kyoto Kamigamo Shrine
[Doi]
Matsushima
[Doi]
Zojyoji Temple (postcard) Sarusawa Pond Sarusawa Pond (greyscale) (Postcard) Lake Sai (greyscale) (Postcard)
Zojyoji Temple
[Doi]
Sarusawa Pond
[Doi]
Sarusawa Pond
(greyscale variant)
[Doi]

Lake Sai
(greyscale variant)
[Doi]
Yomei Gate (postcard) Benkei Bridge (postcard) Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple (postcard) Miyajima (postcard)
Yomei Gate
[Doi]

Benkei Bridge
[Doi]

Kyoto Kinkakuji Temple
[Doi]

Miyajima
[Doi]

Sarusawa Pond Kintai Bashi Horyuji Temple, Nara (Postcard) Sparrows (gold variant) (Postcard)
Tago Bay
[Doi]
Arashiyama
[Doi]
Horyuji Temple, Nara
[Doi]
Sparrows
(gold variant)
[Doi]

Ueno Park (Postcard) Matsushima (Postcard) Tokyo Ueno (postcard) Mandarin Ducks (postcard)
Ueno Park
[Doi]
Matsushima
[Takemura]
Tokyo Ueno
[Shobido]

Mandarin Ducks
[Doi]

Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda (Postcard) Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda (Postcard) Wakanoura (Postcard)
Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda
[Doi]
Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda
(gold variant)
[Doi]

Wakanoura
[Doi]

Mini-Postcard prints
Teahouse (Mini-postcard) Snow at Nezu Shrine (Mini-postcard) Snow at Miyajima (Mini-postcard) Sacred Bridge at Nikko (Mini-postcard) Sacred Bridge at Nikko (Variant)
Teahouse
[Doi]
Snow at Nezu Shrine
[Doi]
Snow at Miyajima
[Doi]
Sacred Bridge at Nikko
[Doi]
Sacred Bridge at Nikko (Variant)
[Doi]
Horyuji Temple, Nara (Mini-postcard) Matsushima (Mini-postcard) Lake Yamanaka (Mini-postcard) Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto (Mini-postcard) Zojyoji Temple (Mini-postcard)
Horyuji Temple, Nara
(snow scene)
[Doi]
Matsushima
[Doi]
Lake Yamanaka
[Doi]
Kinkakuji Temple in Kyoto
[Doi]
Zojyoji Temple
[Doi]
Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda in Spring (Mini-postcard)
Nikko Five-Storey Pagoda in Spring
[Doi]

Mini-Postcard Uncut Sets
Snow at Nezu Shrine (Uncut Set) Sacred Bridge (Uncut Set) Nikko Five Storey Pagoda (Uncut Set) Miyajima (Uncut Set)
Snow at Nezu Shrine
[Doi]
Sacred Bridge
[Doi]
Nikko Five Storey Pagoda
[Doi]
Miyajima
[Doi]

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