October 2002 - Five Additional Hasui Prints Re-issued by Watanabe

As many collectors of Hasui prints already know, the Watanabe Publishing House surprised the collector's community earlier in 2002 with the first reprinting of five early Hasui designs. At that time, Watanabe promised that additional re-issued prints would soon follow, as did happen with the second re-issuing of of five Hasui prints in mid-June 2002. Now, a third batch of earlier (1930 to 1940) prints has been re-issued. As before, all prints follow the high quality standards for which Watanabe Publishing is so well known.

All prints are sealed with a black round 7mm Watanabe seal and the red "Heisei-seal."

The following is excerpted from previous January 2002 article:

"New" in this case, however, does NOT mean that these prints were previously unknown, instead simply that they have just not been printed for the past thirty to fifty years - for perhaps a variety of reasons.

I do recall, around two years ago, that during one of my personal meetings with Mr. Shoichiro Watanabe he told me that they were at that time collecting and combining sets of woodblocks that had been scattered in different locations for many years and that, once the sets were complete (and in good condition) printing would be resumed of these "old" Hasui designs.

Well, that moment has again come true!! According to the Watanabe Publishing House, all blocks used in their printing are the original blocks. "The prints are from the original blocks, therefore we call them "atosuri" - or late editions. In case of any re-cut blocks, we would (otherwise) name them reproductions".

When recently asked why it had taken so long to reprint these fine designs, a simple reply was given: "Increased customer's demand." We do not know who printed the new Hasui's, but it is clearly evident that the level of quality is very high - in accordance with the consistently high standards of Watanabe.


Narazaki N168

"Omori Beach" 1930

Watanabe H**


Narazaki N172

"Sengaku Temple" 1931

Watanabe H**


Narazaki N174a

"Mairi River" 1931

Watanabe H**


Narazaki N176

"Evening at Tago Bay" 1940

Watanabe H**


Narazaki N211

"Twin Islands at Matsushima" 1933

Watanabe H**


NOTE: Any of the above five prints are available for sale--INQUIRE.

(c) September 2002, Andreas Grund and Thomas Crossland