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    Plum Garden, Kamata (Kamata no Umezono), No. 27 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

    The entire Kamata area south of Ōmori was known for the cultivation of plum trees and was celebrated more for its early summertime fruits than its springtime blossoms. The gentle beauty of this print tends to distract the viewer from the structure intruding from the right. It is a cushioned palanquin known as a yamakago ("mountain palanquin"), once widely used for travel in Japan. The overgarment left casually on top suggests that a traveler has recently stopped off for a brief rest from the nearby Tokaido highway that linked Edo to Kyoto.

    • Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando), Japanese, 1797-1858
    • Medium: Woodblock print
    • Place Made: Japan
    • Dates: 2nd month of1857
    • Period: Edo Period, Ansei Era
    • Dimensions: Image: 13 3/8 x 9 in. (34 x 22.9 cm) Sheet: 14 1/2 x 9 1/4 in. (36.8 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
    • Markings: Publisher: Shitaya Uo Ei
    • Signature: Hiroshige-ga
    • Collections:Asian Art
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 30.1478.27
    • Credit Line: Gift of Anna Ferris
    • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
    • Caption: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Plum Garden, Kamata (Kamata no Umezono), No. 27 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 2nd month of1857. Woodblock print, Image: 13 3/8 x 9 in. (34 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.27
    • Image: overall, 30.1478.27_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
    • Catalogue Description: View of the extensive Plum Garden in the Kamata area. The estate which was open to the public complete with teahouses and a restaurant dated from the early Bunsei Period (1818-1830) and came to be known as the "Plum Mansion" (Umeyashiki), with its several hundred trees extending into the distance. The owner of the mansion was a medicine dealer from Omori, whose chief product was a cold remedy called Wachusan. The structure on the right is an indigo cushioned palanquin of the simple A-frame type known as a "yamakago" ("mountain palanquin") and was used widely for travel in Japan, suggesting that a traveler had stopped off from nearby Tokaido for a rest, leaving an over garment on top.
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    Recent Comments
    22:38 12/9/2011
    Heave and ho
    you strong men
    carry me briskly
    to Kamata
    that will give me
    a little respite
    in my journey

    the fresh air there
    will do my mind some good;
    and so will the plum blossoms -
    the sight a pleasure
    the scent divine
    and the colors will soothe my being

    And ah, perhaps I will
    join the many who come to stroll
    and to see the beauty of Kamata
    and I too will the while
    enjoy a walk, a bow and a conversation
    and then we will be ready
    and you can
    Heave and ho
    you strong men
    then carry me briskly
    from Kamata
    back on the Tokaido highway
    and on and on to Kyoto

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