Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun Newspaper article #861
In the village of Shishima - in the province of Shima, which neighbors Ise of the Divine Wind - is a farmer called Tabatake Yotaro, and from around 10 in the morning on the 10th day of the 11th month, his wife Tai began to loosen her delivery cord and by around 12 she had given birth to three girls and boys.
In 1874, just a few years after the birth of the modern newspaper industry in Japan, Ukiyoe printmakers [ezousiya] published nishikie shinbun, a variety of broadsides which combined traditional color wood-block-prints [Nishikie] and short news articles [shinbun]. A group of illustrators and writers from the Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun, which is the first daily newspaper published in Tokyo, joined forces to publish the first nishikie shinbun titled "Tokyo Nichi Nichi Shinbun" in 1874. They usually based the nishikie shinbun on articles taken directly from newspapers that were published anywhere from two days to two months earlier.Nishikie shinbun picked up news including murders, burglaries, fires, double suicides, and strange true stories. In them, common people like carpenters, drivers of jinrikisha (rickshaw) , female servants, weavers, craftpersons, farmers, policemen and sometimes foreigners, are illustrated as full length portraits with their own names. Around or above the figures, is a text of 200 to 600 characters explaining the details.
Ono, ONO COLLECTION 1972:156(PLATE 34),NISHIGAKI BUNKO
Tsuchiya Reiko, A COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED UKIYOE NEWSPAPERS AS NEWS MEDIA IN EARLY MEIJI JAPAN.
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Size: 14 x 9 inches
Media: Woodblock Print
Condition: Colors very good, vertical center fold, backed, some soiling
Price: $225.00 USD