Hiroshige (1797 - 1858), "Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival"
|Title||Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print|
|Series Title||100 Views of Edo|
|Reference No||Smith: #101 in the series|
|Size||14 -5/8 x 9 -3/4 "|
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.
ONE OF HIROSHIGE'S MOST ADMIRED DESIGNS.