Shijo School Woodblock Prints - Many Questions!

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Posted by Shade of Sharaku on March 13, 2003 at 03:07:50:


I'm wondering if there is such a thing as Shijo School woodblock prints outside of the genres of surimono and woodblock books and albums. Has anything been written on the publishing industry in Kyoto? Were single sheet prints--other than surimono and some kappazuri--ever a part of this industry?

A related side question: are Shijo haikai prints found in folding albums more properly called album prints or surimono? I suppose this question really is one of process: were these albums assembled of prints given/received as surimono, as in the case of the Edo kyoka albums, or were they published complete as collections, using the blocks that had been used to make surimono?

Oops, one more. Why did the surimono movement in Kyoto continue for so long after it had died in Edo? Was this the more enduring nature of haikai poetry, or were social factors like the Tempo Reforms more influential?

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