purchased in Japan by soldier living there
Thank you for your appraisal inquiry with MeArto. The item presented appears to be a woodblock, possibly by Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川 広重; Japanese; 1797 - 1858) titled "Returning Sails at Yabase." The print is from the series titled "Eight Views of Ōmi (Ōmi hakkei 近江八景)," originally published in 1857.
Please note that these images are highly reproduced and further examination of the print along them margin may aid in properly attributing date, publisher, and value. The estimate provided is based on recent auction estimates and results of both original and reproduced print of this scene by Utagawa Hiroshige.
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