Nihon bashi

Utagawa Hiroshige Japanese

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The journey depicted in the Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō begins with Nihonbashi, the "Bridge of Japan" that marks the center of the city of Edo. Hiroshige illustrates the hustle-bustle of the traffic on the bridge. Large fish are delivered from the nearby fish market. Behind the bridge warehouses are lined up along the river. Some of the Japanese characters on the white walls of the buildings correspond to the name of the publisher of this Tōkaidō series, Maruya Seijirō. This print shows the bridge across the composition and includes a panoramic scene of Edo castle and Mount Fuji. By contrast, the Hoeidō print shows a procession approaching the end of the bridge that is viewed frontally at the center of the composition.

Nihon bashi, Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo)), Woodblock print; ink and color on paper, Japan

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