Watanabe Kazan’s letters and
Tsubaki Chinzan’s travels in Ashikaga
-Note and interpretation
山田烈 Isao YAMADA
Watanabe Kazan(1793~1841) is well known as a
scholar of foreign knowledge(Rangaku), and a painter
of Japanese Nanga school Painting(or Bunjinga, literati
painting). Kazan was arrested by the guilt of judgment
to the shogunate. He confined himself into his house in
Tahara from the time on and there committed suicide
after year and a half.
We considerate the relationships between Kazan’s
thoughts and works by his diaries, letters and notes.
There are many discourses on painting in letters
of answers (Kaiji Gohenji) to his friend Tsubaki
Chinzan(1801~1854). His discourses under influences of
Chinese literati art theory is very complexed.
Tsubaki Chinzan learnd painting from Kaneko Kinryo
and Watanabe Kazan. Chinzan traveled to Ashikaga in
northan district of Kanto from 11th to 28th in August
Tenpol3(1842). He wrote a travel diaries with many
sketches of ink and light colors. This book consists of
three parts, diaries, copies of many paintings, and copies
of copies by Yamamoto Kinkoku.
We already reported this Reprint and Bibliography
of this Chinzan’s travels in the Bulletin of Tohoku
University of Art & Design No.20 in 2013. We add now
brief notes to this book.
Japanese literati painting, Painter’s diary and letter, Kaiji
Gohenji, Travels, Ashikaga