Yoshida Tōshi (1911-1995)
Ishiyama Temple (Ishiyamadera), 1946
Color woodblock print
15 7/8 x 10 11/16 inches (40.3 x 27.1 cm)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Bequest of
Warren H. and Mary I. Watanabe, 2001
Artist Yoshida Tōshi produced this view of Ishiyama Temple in 1946. It depicts an interior view of a long-appreciated site associated with Lady Murasaki Shikibu, the famous author of The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari), and the landscape motif of the Eight Views of Ōmi. Works like this made by members of the Yoshida family studio were popular in the domestic market as well as with American Occupation personnel after World War II, and its representation of traditional Japanese culture may have been regarded as
an appealing subject for commercial sale.