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Shobundo senjafuda collection

 Collection
Identifier: Coll 482

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • circa 1920-1990

Creator

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in Japanese.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

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.

Extent

27.75 linear feet (16 containers ) : 10 record storage boxes, 5 oversize flat boxes, 1 oversize artifact box

Abstract

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.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged in five series:

Series I: Votive scrapbooks, circa 1920s-1990s, 9.25 linear feet; Series II: Loose votives, circa 1927-1984, 8.25 linear feet; Series III: Sketchbooks and publications, circa 1920-1990, .75 linear feet; Series IV: Printing and pasting tools, circa 1980s-1990s, 9 linear feet; Series V: Photographs, circa 1950s-1980s .25 linear feet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Shiro Sato sponsored by Kevin McDowell, Japanese Studies Librarian, in 2017.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alexandra M. Bisio, 2017

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Shobundo senjafuda collection
Status
Complete Description
Author
Alexandra M. Bisio
Date
2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Contact:
1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA