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Vintage Japanese Book Seiu History and Manner of Edo
A print book titled " Fuzoku Yashi " , by Seiu Ito ( 1882-1961 ) is dated Showa 6 (1931) . He was born Hajime Ito in the Asakusa district of Tokyo and started his education in painting by 1890. He later received training in ivory carving, sculpture and eventually adopted the alias Seiu (kanji for words 'clear' and 'rain') at age 13. At age 34, he started to paint "Seme- e " ( The Illusionary Torture ) using a model named Oyo who later became a lover to Yumeji Takehisa ( the famous Taisho era artist ) . Ito hired a young art school model named Kise Sahara in 1919. Kise became Ito's second wife after she became pregnant and posed willingly for her husband during the pregnancy. Ito became the target of censors in 1930, which led to the decline of his fortunes and tragically he lost his works in the Great Tokyo Air Raid. As an artist, Ito was very interested in kabuki and other ways of the Edo period and his book "An History of Edo and Tokyo Manners"was published after the Kanto earthquake. Fuzoku Yashin came in 6 volumes and book is Vol.5 , Shinko to Meisin, about belief and superstition published by Johoku Shoin. It starts with Shibarare Jizo, string bound guardian deity which story originated in the Edo. Local residents originally started tying strings around the statue when offering prayers for the recovery of stolen or missing items. He also writes about Ema, small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers write their prayers or wishes, Kappa, a legendary creature who is a type of water sprite found in Japanese folklore believed as god of water and other interesting religious stories. It consists of 26 illustrated pages with 2 pages which write about beliefs and superstitions. Lower binding is getting loose, one page has a slight tear on top and there is patina. 10" H x 7.5 " W x 0.25" Thick ( 25.4 cm H x 19.1 cm W x 0.6 cm Thick ) Weight is 8.6 oz ( 243 g ) For information about the artist : http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/yosha/nn/bibliography/Bibliography_drawings.html#itoseiu , pg. 26 & 27


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