Most of the prints in this exhibition (NATURE/SUPERNATURE: Visions of This World and Beyond in Japanese Woodblock Prints) were created in the capital city of Edo (modern Tokyo). Edo was a thriving urban center with a population surpassing 1 million people by the mid-18th century (rivaled globally only by Beijing). People in the capital, as they do today, sought out the beauties of nature nearby, especially during seasonal festivities. They celebrated the ephemeral beauty of blooming cherry trees by gathering with family, friends and work colleagues for picnics under the blossoms. This scene by Hiroshige depicts cherry blossom viewing (Japanese: hanami) at Mount Goten, or Palace Hill, in modern Shinagawa. Overlooking the Meguro River to the south, it was one of the most popular sites for hanami during the Edo period.
On paper taped to mat: Hiroshige triptych 112, set of 3, $5.00 n.437. Seals: Right panel - lower right. Identical seal is stamped on each panel on the lower edge. Signed: Ichiryusai Hiroshige hitsu. Censor's seal: Kiwame.
Full-color woodblock print triptych, ink on paper
Color woodblock print with an image of a landscape with many people and cherry trees, at Gotenyama Mountain. This panoramic view of the bay (Tokyo Bay) from south Edo shows the busy port and warehouse area of Shinagawa in springtime.
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