Yasaka Pagoda exemplifies Inagaki’s admiration for the shrines and temples of his native city Kyoto. Commissioned in the year 589 and continually reconstructed after its original design, the Yasaka Pagoda became a popular subject for woodblock prints in the years following World War II as a paradigm of truly Japanese architecture. Inagaki’s image of the pagoda is well known to western audiences as the frontispiece of Donald Keene’s pioneering Modern Japanese Literature: An Anthology from 1868 to the Present Day, published in 1956. The print shows the coming together of old and new, with the pagoda poking between the modern power lines.
Palmer Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania State University, Gift of Alan A. and Barbara Nicoll
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Woodblock print mounted to secondary support; 13-5/8 x 10-1/8 in. (34.6 x 25.8 cm)