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Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), "Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival"

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Catalog ID A2822
Artist Hiroshige
Title Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival
Medium Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title 100 Views of Edo
Date 1857
Publisher Uoya Eikichi
Reference No Smith: #101 in the series
Size 14 -5/8 x 9 -3/4 "
Condition Very fine.

Notes: Signature: Hiroshige-ga. Seal: Aratame & Snake Year 11th month (1857).

This image depicts the Yoshiwara quarters on the single busiest day of the year. However, from the second story of the brothel, noise and activity seem very far away. A white cat rests on a windowsill, intently peering out over the rooftops below, with the fields beyond stretching out across the plain and Mt Fuji in the distance. Crossing the Asakusa Ricefields, is a procession celebrating the Torinomachi Festival. Some participants are carrying decorated rakes called kumade, popular with festival-goers to symbolize "raking in" prosperity in the coming year. Casually arranged in the foreground are a courtesan's accouterments.


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