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Name Chronicle of a Journey to Enoshima Tsurumi
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Artist
Times Edo Period
Use Kaku-ban surimono or privately issued print
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Artist: Totoya Hokkei
Production date: 1830-1844 (early Tempou era)
No publisher’s seal

The卍 (manji ) mark illustrated at the upper part of the title was the emblem of the kyouka poets circle, and in this series, this mark is illustrated in every work. In this work, the mark is illustrated on the indigo handkerchief. Tsurumi’s local specialty yone-manju (a bun stuffed with sweet bean paste) is written in the kyouka poem of this picture. On the telescope, the pattern of bundou-tsunagi (continuous rod-measure weights pattern) is illustrated with kindei (a pigment that contains gold).

“Chronicle of a Journey to Enoshima” is a series of surimono that illustrated landscapes and products related to Enoshima Island. Surimono is high quality woodblock prints that include both kyouka poems (Comic verse composed of 31 syllables) and illustrations related to the poems. Since surimono was produced not for sale but made privately by the group of kyouka poets, the artists who produced the illustrations fully expressed their supreme talents and skills such as detailed curving techniques and high skill of the printing technique in a small format.
The indications in the several works specify that there were originally 16 works in this series. However, only 14 works, “Takanawa, the starting point”, “Samezu”, “Omori”, “Kamata”, “Rokugou”, “Tsurumi”, “Kanagawa”, “Hamagawa”, “Shimo-no-miya”, “Kami-no-miya”, “Hongu”, “Chigo-ga-buchi”, “Manaita-iwa”, and “Ryudou” are currently discovered. This series was produced for the memory of kyouka poetry circle’s journey to Enoshia Island.
The illustrations were produced by Totoya Hokkei and he was a pupil of Katsushika Hokusai. Hokkei was known for his premier talent with surimono, especially related to kyouka, and it is said his skill even surpassed that of Hokusai.