Shobundo senjafuda collection, circa 1920-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Sato, Masao
Title
Shobundo senjafuda collection
Dates
circa 1920-1990 (inclusive)
Quantity
27.75 linear feet, (16 containers )
Collection Number
Coll 482
Summary
The Shobundo senjafuda collection was compiled by Sato Masao, also known as Shobundo, in his capacity as an active member of the Yokohama nosatsu-kai as well as a fuda printer and enthusiast. Shobundo lived and worked in Yokohama, Japan and collected fuda between 1920 and 1990. Included in this collection are loose votive slips, votive scrapbooks, sketchbooks and publications, printing and pasting tools, as well as photographs of nosatsu-kai events and members.
Repository
University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives.
UO Libraries--SPC, 1299
University of Oregon
Eugene OR
97403-1299
Telephone: 541-346-3068
Fax: 541-346-3485
spcarref@uoregon.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Languages
English


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Shobundo senjafuda collection contains material produced and collected by Sato Masao, also known as Shobundo, in his capacity as an active member of the Yokohama nosatsu-kai, as well as a fuda printer and enthusiast. Included in this collection are loose votive slips, votive scrapbooks, sketchbooks and publications, printing and pasting tools, as well as photographs of nosatsu-kai events and members .

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Shobundo senjafuda collection was compiled by Sato Masao, also known as Shobundo, in his capacity as an active member of the Yokohama nosatsu-kai as well as a fuda printer and enthusiast. Shobundo lived and worked in Yokohama, Japan and collected fuda between 1920 and 1990.

Fuda, also called nosatsu, are Japanese votive slips printed using a woodblock process. Originally, created in the 11th century by religious pilgrims as devotional items, these slips have become part of a vibrant collecting and exchange culture in Japan and abroad. The religious senjafuda are generally unadorned, consisting of only the pilgrim’s name, and pasted to the walls of temples and shrines. The more detailed and luxurious kokanfuda, featuring many subjects including kabuki characters and mythological creatures, are collected and traded by members of a nosatsu-kai, or exchange clubs. Individual nosatsu clubs generally commission artists, carvers, and printers to produce new slips for trading at nosatsu-kai meetings and events.

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Restrictions on Use

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Shobundo senjafuda collection, Coll 482, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1-5, 11 Series I: Loose votives
This series consists of six oversize flat boxes of loose, printed votive slips, or fuda, created and collected between 1920 and 1990. Votives range in size from two to eight inches long, and are printed with both in both color and grayscale. Several examples of wooden nosatsu are also included in this series.
This materials in this series are arranged by size.
circa 1920s-1990s
6-11 Series II: Votive scrapbooks
This series contains thirty-seven bound scrapbooks, one folder of scrapbook pages, and two unbound scrapbooks full of pasted fuda of various sizes and subjects created between 1927 and 1984. Seven of the bound scrapbooks are small accordion style volumes, while the majority are large with exposed thread sewn binding. Many of these scrapbooks have postcards and envelopes inserted into their pages.
This series is in its original order.
circa 1927-1984
10 Series III: Sketchbooks and publications
This series contains sketchbooks as well as nosatsu-kai event and trade publications.
This series is in its original order.
circa 1920-1990
12-16 Series IV: Printing and pasting tools
This series contains tools used by Shobundo in the printing and pasting of fuda. Included are 220 carved wood printing blocks, each wrapped in newsprint and labeled with its corresponding print, an extending pasting poll, and a paster's box. The paster's box contains a buddhist rosary, a cloth rag, a paste can on a strap, and two pasting brushes.
This series is arranged in its original order.
circa 1980s-1990s
15 Series V: Photographs
This series contains photographs of fuda printers, nosatsu-kai, and nosatsu-kai events taken between the 1950s and 1980s. These photographs are most likely of Yokohama nosatsu-kai, of which Shobundo was a member.
This series is in its original order.
circa 1950s-1980s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Buddhist art--Japan
  • Collectors and collecting--Japan
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Scrapbooks
  • Woodcuts (prints)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Sato, Shiro (donor)