Artist: Ohara Koson (小原古邨) / Shōson (祥邨)

Print: The Snow on Willow Bridge (Yanagi-bashi no Yuki) on the Sumida River

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Dates: 1927,created
Dimensions: 10.24 in,15.16 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese color woodblock print

Signed: Shōson (祥邨)
Seal: Shōson
Publisher: Watanabe Shōzaburō

Related links: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Minneapolis Institute of Art; Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna; Yale University Art Gallery; Chazen Museum of Art; National Museum of Asian Art; Google maps - Yanagibashi district near the confluence of the Kanda and Sumida rivers, Tokyo; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; San Diego Museum of Art; Cleveland Museum of Art; Royal Ontario Museum; Museum Rietberg;

Physical description:

According to the Museum für angewandte Kunst, Vienna this bridge was at or near the confluence of the Kanda and Sumida rivers in Tokyo. (See the link to Google maps above to see this area.)



1) In color on page 159 in Crows, Cranes & Camellias. The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945 by Amy Reigle Newland.

2) In Modern Japanese Prints by Dorothy Blair, #194.

3) In color reproduction in Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, p. 201.

4) In Ukiyoe Museums in Japan (Nihon no ukiyoe bijutsukan - 日本の浮世絵美術館), vol. 3, p. 35. This example is from the collection of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo.


Originally printed in an edition of 300.


There are other copies of The Snow on Willow Bridge in the Worcester Art Museum, the Toledo Museum of Art, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Hachinohe Clinic Machikado Museum and in the Sydney University Art Collection.