Fudo Falls, Oji, No. 49 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
In the rainy summer months, the Otonashi River plunged from a projecting bluff of the Musashi Plain in dozens of small cascades. Some of these came to be singled out as the "Seven Falls of Ōji," with the Fūdo Falls as the best known of the seven for its religious, curative, and scenic allure. The two bathing men partake of the spring's healing powers. One man gingerly tests the water, while another at shoreside reaches for a cup of hot tea from an old woman.
9th month of 1857
Edo Period, Ansei Era
Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 5/16 in. (36.2 x 23.7 cm)
Image: 13 x 8 1/2 in. (33 x 21.6 cm) (show scale)
Publisher: Shitaya Uo Ei
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Gift of Anna Ferris
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Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858). Fudo Falls, Oji, No. 49 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 9th month of 1857. Woodblock print, Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 5/16 in. (36.2 x 23.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Anna Ferris, 30.1478.49 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.1478.49_PS1.jpg)
overall, 30.1478.49_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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Summer scene of Fudo Falls in the oji area, one of the better known of the "Seven Falls of Oji," acclaimed for its religious, curative, as well as scenic qualities. Those visiting the falls for the religious reasons approached through the precincts of the Shojuin Temple, founded in the sixteenth century by a holy man who practiced the way of Fudo ("unmovable"), a Buddhist deity, depicted as wreathed in flame and grasping a sword in his right hand. An image of Fudo was placed to the right of the waterfall (not shown in this print). A "shimenawa" rope above sets off the sacred place, which serves to illustrate that Buddhism and Shinto cannot be separated. The curative power of the spring is shown by two men bathing in its waters, which were said to relieve almost any ailment. One man is shown testing the water, while the other reaches for a cup of hot tea from the old woman who makes her living by the falls. Two women dressed for a summer outing admire the scenery, a secluded setting densely shadowed with green trees, with little sunlight and few people. The Fudo Falls survived into the twentieth century. The Takinogawa Middle School was constructed here in the 1950's, although various Fudo images may still be seen on the grounds of the Shojuin Temple.
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