Ryōgoku bridge with figures in the foreground

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    The Ryōgoku bridge in Edo was a place well-known for its firework displays. The many tea shops around it made for a lively atmosphere. In the foreground, women are busily attending to their own activities. One woman is holding a parasol while the centre print shows two women and two children looking at two dogs playing. One of the women on the left print is holding a fan and wearing an agebōshi (white hood worn by members of high society when going out). Groups of people are walking across the bridge, including a high ranking samurai riding a horse, wearing a straw hat, and escorted by further samurai. In the background, boats are floating by in what is thought to be a hot summer’s day.

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nishiki-e

vegetable pigments

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