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Ichigaya Hachiman Shrine, No. 41 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Ichigaya Hachiman Shrine was not as culturally lofty as this image suggests. Within the shrine precinct itself was located a theater and numerous tea stalls, and the bustling street was known throughout Japan for the prostitutes who plied their trade there.

lchigaya Hachiman was located at the western edge of a long bluff that in the Edo period was one of the estates of the Tokugawa family of Owari (Nagoya), and a watchtower and part of the outer barrack walls of the Owari mansion can be seen at the upper left. It was there that the novelist Mishima Yukio performed his dramatic ritual suicide in 1970.

This print is one of three in the series that have been ascribed to Hiroshige II.

  • Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando), Japanese, 1797-1858
  • Medium: Woodblock print
  • Place Made: Japan
  • Dates: 10th month of 1858
  • Period: Edo Period, Ansei Era
  • Dimensions: 14 3/16 x 9 5/16in. (36 x 23.7cm) Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 5/16 in. (36 x 23.7 cm) Image: 13 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. (33.6 x 22.2 cm)  (show scale)
  • Markings: Publisher: Shitaya Uo Ei
  • Signature: Hiroshige-ga
  • Collections:Asian Art
  • Museum Location: This item is not on view
  • Accession Number: 30.1478.41
  • Credit Line: Gift of Anna Ferris
  • Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
  • Caption: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Ichigaya Hachiman Shrine, No. 41 in One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 10th month of 1858. Woodblock print, 14 3/16 x 9 5/16in. (36 x 23.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.41
  • Image: overall, 30.1478.41_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
  • Catalogue Description: Scene looks down on the Outer Moat of Edo Castle outside Ichigaya Gate (which is today Ichigaya station). In the street below there are tea stalls and various types of entertainment. Ichigaya was known throughout Edo for the prostitutes who plied their trade here, according to one 18th-century source). Above, behind a red gate and dark "torii" at the head of a steep stone stairway, are the red buildings of Ichigaya Hachiman Shrine. The red and yellow bordered cloud bands suggest a sense of distance and an aura of power around the shrine. The small yellow-roofed, lantern-lined pavilion, on the right, below the main shrine building, was one of the tea stalls, just outside the theater, located within the shrine precincts. In the Edo Period, Ichigaya Hachiman was one of the estates of the Tokugawa family of Owari (Nagoya). In the upper left there is a watchtower and part of the barrack walls of the Owari mansion, which became the Military Academy of the Japanese Army in the Meiji Period and at present are the barracks of the Self-Defense Force. It was here that the novelist Mishima Yukio performed his dramatic seppuku in 1970.
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