Furukawa River, Hiroo, No. 22 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
For an Edo resident purchasing this print in 1856, the chief attraction of this scene of the Hiroo area of southwestern Edo may have been the half-hidden restaurant in the foreground to the left of the river. It was a famous eel restaurant named Owariya in a guide to Edo shops of 1811 and labeled "The Fox" on maps published after 1854. The restaurant had a widespread popularity at the time Hiroshige designed this print.
7th month of 1856
Edo Period, Ansei Era
Image: 12 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. (32.7 x 22.2 cm)
Sheet: 13 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (33.7 x 23.8 cm) (show scale)
Hiroshige-hitsu; publisher: Shitaya Uo Ei
Gift of Anna Ferris
View of the Furukawa River looking west toward Shibuya. In the distance the open green area is Hiroo Fields where groups of people are enjoying refreshments at temporary tea stalls. The large building at the left is an eel restaurant named The Fox (Kitsune Unagi) described as a "product of local fame." This small river originates in the higher ground of what is today Shinjuku Gyoen and Mieji Shrine. Both sides of the river were more fully settled in Edo times than what Hiroshige represents; they were occupied mostly by temples, residences of shogunal retainers and suburban daimyo estates. However, by the late Meiji period it became a "slumlike shantytown," and is little improved today.
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Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Furukawa River, Hiroo, No. 22 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 7th month of 1856. Woodblock print, Image: 12 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. (32.7 x 22.2 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.22 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.1478.22_PS1.jpg)
overall, 30.1478.22_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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