12 Months of Ukiyo (Ukiyo Junikagetsu)

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The Ukiyo Junikagetsu or 12 Months of Ukiyo published in 1890 is sometimes said to be the first complete print series that Gekko produced. The series was published by Yokoyama Ryōhachi. Gekko’s earliest book illustrations are from 1883 and his first prints are dated 1884 so you would wonder why it took another 6 years to have his first series completed. The date oriented reader will also note that the Zuihitsu set was commenced in 1886 and quite possibly completed within a year or two, so the Junikagetsu 1890 publication story should be taken as a suggestion rather than a fact at this stage.

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