Unlike many of his contemporaries, Tsuchiya Koitsu did not start out designing woodblock prints for the prominent shin hanga publisher, Watanabe Shozaburo. By 1930, Koitsu had already designed landscape prints for several smaller publishers including Kawaguchi & Sakai and Shobido Tanaka. Koitsu met Watanabe in 1931 at an exhibition commemorating the work of Koitsu's teacher, Kiyochika. One year later, Koitsu began a collaboration with Watanabe that would last until 1940, although only a total of 10 prints were produced.
The earliest two Koitsu prints published by Watanabe were signed with a seal reading "Shinsei Koitsu" (genuine Koitsu), which is also the artist name that was used in Watanabe brochures from 1932. In later catalogues, he was referred to as Tsuchiya Koitsu instead of Shinsei Koitsu.