Posted by Alec W. (126.96.36.199) on December 02, 2019 at 02:29:38:
In Reply to: Re: Ukiyo e unknown origin posted by Steve Randle on December 02, 2019 at 00:38:28:
Okay, so my Japanese skills aren't great, but I'll give it a shot...
The top center inscription reads, I think, "Bakufu tsuru onari no zu" -- a depiction of a hunting outing in which the Shogun hunted cranes using falcons. The series title at right reads, I think, "Chūko yamato fūzoku", meaning something like "Old customs of Japan".
The fish-shaped block of text is the publisher's colophon, which would contain things like the publication date, full name of the artist, and the full name and address of the publisher. The text is too blurry to make anything out, but have a look at the rightmost text, and I suspect you will see "明治二十二年" or "明治廿二年" indicating a publication date of Meiji 22.
Here's an article that discusses the tsuru onari:
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