Hilltop View, Yushima Tenjin Shrine, No. 117 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
This view is to the northeast from the precincts of Yushima Tenjin Shrine, looking out over the Shinobazu Pond. The main sanctuary of the shrine is off to the left. Pictured is a side approach that could be reached by the two different stone stairways shown here, either the one on the lower right or the one by which the two figures in the center are ascending.
Yushima Tenjin was one of the oldest shrines in Edo and was dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the patron saint of learning and the arts. It is still devoutly patronized by rich and poor alike. Like many favorite shrines and temples, it served as a major center of recreation in Hiroshige's day.
- Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando), Japanese, 1797-1858
- Medium: Woodblock print
- Place Made: Japan
- Dates: 4th month of 1856
- Period: Edo Period, Ansei Era
- Dimensions: Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm) Image: 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (34 x 22.2 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Publisher: Shitaya Uo Ei. Seals in top margin: Date and censor seal.
- Signature: Hiroshige-ga
- Collections:Asian Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 30.1478.117
- Credit Line: Gift of Anna Ferris
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Hilltop View, Yushima Tenjin Shrine, No. 117 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 4th month of 1856. Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.117
- Catalogue Description: View of the side approach to Yushima Tenjin Shrine, which is on a hill about forty feet above the pond. There are two different stone stairways shown here, the steep Male Slope to the lower right and the gentler Female Slope, which the two figures in the center are ascending. From this hilltop view one can see Benten Shrine in the middle of Shinobazu Pond and to the right are some of the red temple buildings of Kan'eiji. Both stairways survive today, but multistory hotels now obstruct the view. Yushima Tenjin, one of the oldest shrines in Edo, was dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the patron saint of learning and the arts. Today Yushima Tenjin is known for its spring plum blossoms and is popular among students who pray to the patron saint of learning for success in school entrance examinations. There is a touch of festivity in the row of red lanterns on the teahouse to the left.
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)