View from Massaki of the Suijin Woods, the Uchikawa River and Sekiya Village

In this bold composition, a circular window has been half opened to reveal the sunset over the Uchikawa River. Plum blossoms outside show that it is spring. This is probably a view from one of the many tea houses and restaurants at Massaki, not far from the Yoshiwara pleasure district. A vase of magnolia on the wall to the left has been dramatically cropped.

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  • Catalogue text

    From the second floor of a dengaku (grilled tofu) restaurant we look at Mount Tsukuba from the other side of the Sumida River to that of the vantage point of the previous print [EAX.4351]. The 'moon-viewing' window, with the arrangement of camellia in a hanging basket to one side frames the view.

    In: Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Tokyo: A Selection from the Woodblock-Print Series ‘One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo’ by Ando Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1993)

Glossary of terms

Yoshiwara

Further reading

Impey, Oliver, Hiroshige's Views of Tokyo: A Selection from the Woodblock-Print Series ‘One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo’ by Ando Hiroshige, 1797-1858 (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 1993), no. 5 on p. 9, illus. p. 16 pl. 5

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