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Asakusa Paddy Field and Torinomachimoude (One Hundred Famous Views of Edo)

Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858)


This beautiful print is published by Mokuhan print association which famous publishers join. It took six years to complete this series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo".  Size is the same as the original. The carver used traditional cherrywood (mostly plywood nowadays). The printer used traditional Echizen pure Japanese washi paper.  They used traditional carving tools, printing tools, and ink which is also used on the original. The carving and the printing is faithful to the original. Just stunning and beautiful. Please see the details.

This is a scene of Torinoichi or Cock Fair of Otori Shrine in Asakusa Paddy Field. The festival is held on the "Cock Days" in November. A Cock Day comes around every twelve days on the lunar calendar. The superstitious say there are frequent fires in a year which has three "Cock fairs". The fair is featured by the sale of bamboo rakes symbolic of good luck decorated with trinkets at the roadside stalls around the shrine. The festival attracted a large crowd of people, particularly merchants. 

In the print is seen a long column of worshippers carrying lucky rakes on the footpath between the rice fields against a background of Mt. Fuji in the evening twilight. A cat is peeking outside through a latticed window of a resting house for harlots. Around here there were a number of such dormitories where they were allowed to rest or recuperate. Under what stars was the girl in this room made to sell her favors? Could the rake-shaped hairpin by her bedside bring her good fortune? Hiroshige seldom treated such a pathetic scene as he did in this print.

Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist, considered the last great master of that tradition. Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, such as the series "The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido",  "The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaido" and "One Hundred Famous View of Edo". 

Technique: Woodblock 
Paper size (print size) : 10 and 3/8 x 15 and 1/2 inches (26.3 x 39.2 cm)
Condition: New condition. This print came directly from the publisher. Tipped on the presentation folder. Please see the picture. 




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