Distant View of Kinryuzan Temple and Azuma Bridge (Azumabashi Kinryuzan Enbo), No. 39 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
The pleasure boat in the foreground of this scene features a stylish, discreetly hidden geisha. Accompanying her would be one or two guests, perhaps another geisha, and no doubt an attendant or two. The shower of petals fluttering by suggests that they have just enjoyed a day viewing cherry blossoms. Beyond is the "distant view" of the title. To the right is the huge main hall and the towering five-story pagoda of Asakusa Kannon Temple (formerly known as Kinryūzan Sensōji), the most ancient and popular Buddhist temple in the city. To the left is Azuma Bridge, the last and northernmost of the four bridges spanning the Sumida River, and beyond in the far distance is the peak of Mount Fuji.
8th month of 1857
Edo Period, Ansei Era
14 1/4 x 9 5/16in. (36.2 x 23.7cm)
Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/8 in. (36.1 x 23.1 cm)
Image: 13 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (33.7 x 22.2 cm) (show scale)
Publisher: Shitaya Uo Ei
Gift of Anna Ferris
This scene shows a gust of wind carrying cherry petals over the top of a pleasure boat setting out from the Mukojima side of the Sumida River and heading across to the mouth of the San'ya Canal. The location is similar to the one in print 3 of the series. Partially hidden on the left is a geisha wearing a patterned obi and overgarment. The boat probably carried another geisha and an attendant or two and they are most likely on their way to one of the restaurants near Imado Bridge or perhaps to the Yoshiwara. Beyond the boat, one sees the distant view of the Kinryuzan Temple; to the right is the large main hall and the five story pagoda of Asakusa Kannon Temple (see print 99 of the series). On the left is Azuma Bridge, also known as Okawa Bridge (Okawa or Great River being another name for the Sumida; the bridge was built in 1774).
This item is not on view
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Distant View of Kinryuzan Temple and Azuma Bridge (Azumabashi Kinryuzan Enbo), No. 39 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 8th month of 1857. Woodblock print, 14 1/4 x 9 5/16in. (36.2 x 23.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.39 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.1478.39_PS1.jpg)
overall, 30.1478.39_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
No known copyright restrictions
This work may be in the public domain in the United States. Works created by United States and non-United States nationals published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, subject to the terms of any applicable treaty or agreement.
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this work. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists' heirs holding the rights to the work. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act.
The Brooklyn Museum makes no representations or warranties with respect to the application or terms of any international agreement governing copyright protection in the United States for works created by foreign nationals.
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.