1963. Item #90174
MOKUYÔSHI Morimoto, artist. SAIKOKU SANJYÛSAN-SHO: GOEIKA. Ôsaka: Riichi, Shôwa 38 (1963). 18.2 x 4.8 cm. Japanese accordion-style orihon binding. Morimoto Mokuyôshi (1898-1992) was a painter and sôsaku hanga printer active in the Taishô and Shôwa periods. He studied seal engraving and nihonga early on in life, and in 1935 was employed in the art and kimono departments of the Takashimaya department store in Osaka. There he became acquainted with Yanagi Sôetsu, Kawai Kanjirô, Munakata Shikô and others, and started to focus his energy on the 'mingei' (folk art) movement they had started. In 1953 Mokuyôshi began producing woodblock prints of his own. He was active as a mingei artist for the rest of his life, participating in a joint art exhibition with Munakata Shikô at the Japan Folk Art Museum, becoming a member of the Nihon Hanga-in (Banga-in), painting a ceiling mural for Minatogawa Shrine in Kobe, and so on. This scarce book comprises 35 woodblock-printed illustrations by Mokuyôshi, possibly hand-coloured, accompanied by the lyrics of 'goeika', songs pilgrims would sing in praise of Buddha at the thirty-three temples on the Saikoku Kannon Pilgrimage in the Kansai region. Each illustration appears to be designed, carved, and printed by Mokuyôshi, and is accompanied by the number, location, and name of a temple, along with the goeika poem of that specific temple. While most of the illustrations show Buddhist statuary, three show the famous landscapes for which a few of the temples are better-known. The verso of the book is also woodblock-printed with a light traditional pattern in brown. One of a limited edition of 33 copies. Original boards, woodblock-printed title slip tipped-in to upper. Very light foxing to text. Overall in near fine condition. A book of superb colour prints which show Mokuyôshi's stylistic dedication to the folk art movement, in a very small limitation.