Dates of the slips range from late Edo to early Showa periods (1860s - 1930s. Stock ID #157341
Thick accordion style album of 145 Japanese senjya fuda 千社札 [lit. thousand shrines slips] or nōsatsu 納札 [literally votive slips] laid down on to the folded leaves of this attractive album. Slips are all in very good to excellent conditions. Patterned cloth covered boards. 19 x 13cm. A lovely collection beautifully presented. The very old custom of printing votive slips began when visitors to a shrine or a Buddhist temple stuck a paper slip with his/her name and address onto the building in commemoration of their visit, as well as in the hope of getting a divine favour. This custom became very popular in the mid-Edo period and the style of paper slips gradually changed from hand-written slips to colourful woodcut print votive slips. Shops as well as individuals came to produce decorative votive slips, and in the case of the slips printed by shops, they functioned as advertisements. As the votive slips became elaborate, they also became collectors' items.
The majority of the slips in this album bear the names of shops and companies in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, there are a number of restaurants including many sushi shops, sweet shops [One such shop, Kohagi-do 胡萩堂 in Shinbashi was in business until very recently), a kimono shop, a printing shop, a book shop [Hiroo Shoten ひろを書店 in Osaka which is still trading], a doll makers, and a fish shop.
Another theme within the album are the very interesting slips printed by such individuals as: Hagino Kyūkoku萩野鳩谷 (Confucian scholar known for his eccentricity, 1717?-1817), Ichieisai Yoshitsuya 一英斎芳艶 (ukiyo-e artist, 1822-66), Sanyūtei Enyū 三遊亭圓遊 (rakugoka [comic storyteller], Ozawa Ichikawazu 小沢一蛙 (collector of items related to frogs, 1876-1960), Kawamura Meroji 河村目呂二 (visual artist and cat lover, 1886-1959), and Nakamura Shikan 中村芝翫 (Kabuki actor, 1831-99 [for Shikan IV] and 1866-1944 [for Shikan V]). Two slips depict westerners, one is named “Smith" and the other “Read”. One slip says “Beikoku ofuda hakase [American expert on votive slips] jutayū 米國御札博士寿多有”. “Jutayū" was probably being the Japanese name of the American.
The collection includes many large-size slips, most of which used the compositions of earlier ukiyo-e prints. A perfect example of this are the last thirty-five large-size slips which partially used the compositions of the series called Edo-no-hana meishō-e 江戸の花名勝繪 [Flowers of Edo: Paintings of Scenic Places] in the late Edo period. These votive slips are artistically charming and some have bold designs. There is one double leaf slip which shows a horse and was printed by Tōto Nōsatsukai 東都納札會 [Tokyo Votive Slip Association].
Over the years it has become very fashionable to produce elaborate votive slips and for collectors to meet and exchange them. Since the early 19th century through to today there have been regular meetings, nōsatsukai 納札會, for collectors to exchange votive slips. These charming slips remain popular with collectors even today. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157341).