Shiba Great Gate in Snow, from the series 100 Views of New Tokyo

Artist: Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883-1957)
Publisher: S. Watanabe Color Print Co.
Historical period(s)
Showa era, 1936
Ink and color on paper
H x W (image): 32 x 22.7 cm (12 5/8 x 8 15/16 in)
Credit Line
Robert O. Muller Collection
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view

Woodblock print

gate, Japan, Robert O. Muller collection, Showa era (1926 - 1989), shrine, snow
Provenance research underway.

Artist seal: Kawase
Publisher seal


This print suggests a quiet, muted meeting of the traditional and the modern realms. Zo jo i, a Buddhist temple located in the heart of modern Tokyo, traces its origins to the ninth century but enjoyed especially great prestige throughout the Edo period (1615-1868) because it was the favored temple of the Tokugawa shogunate. This effective, slightly melancholic essay about the reception of modernity is ironically undermined by the fact that the red temple gate is a concrete reproduction. The earlier wooden structure was relocated to another temple after the gate sustained damage during the 1923 earthquake.

Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Whistler's Neighborhood
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