folio sized photo book documenting Joruri-ji Temple
in Kyoto Prefecture by famed Japanese photographer
Yoshio Watanabe; with text by renowned literary critic
Suekichi Aono and writer Toshio Fukuyama. Published
by Bijutsu Shuppan-sha, this publication is printed
in high quality photogravure and exhibits rich velvety
matte tones in full and double page photo spreads.
Printed in 1965, this is the sixth printing of the
first edition (the first printing was in 1959). Folio
size with stiff cover boards and dust jacket, it contains
32 gravure pages and fourteen pages of text. It is
also SIGNED by Watanabe on the colophon page.
Condition: near excellent with
the corners having very minor bumping marks. The
overall condition of this book is very clean.
Temple of Kyoto was first
founded in 1047 as the Nishi Odawaraji Temple.
Famous for it’s
nine images of the Amida Buddha housed in it’s
main hall, this temple also contains a three tiered
pagoda that rises above the surrounding forrest,
as well as it’s Aji-ike Pond which reflects
the main hall, and a classic Jodo style garden. Joruri-ji
provides a very peaceful atmosphere and is a classic
example of Fujiwara
Yoshio Watanabe (1907 - 2000):
Born in Sanjo. Niigata Prefecture, Watanabe was
a prominent architectural photographer who specialized
in photographing Ise
Grand Shrine which is rebuilt
every twenty years. Getting his start in the late
1920s as a photographer and editor for Photo Times
magazine, Watanabe was one of Japan’s most
prominent photograhers from the 1930s through the
1960s. He was also the first director of the Tokyo
Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
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