Artist:Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
Medium: Woodblock print
Dates:7th month of 1856
Dimensions: Image: 12 7/8 x 8 3/4 in. (32.7 x 22.2 cm) Sheet: 13 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. (33.7 x 23.8 cm)
Accession Number: 30.1478.22
Catalogue Description: View of the Furukawa River looking west toward Shibuya. In the distance the open green area is Hiroo Fields where groups of people are enjoying refreshments at temporary tea stalls. The large building at the left is an eel restaurant named The Fox (Kitsune Unagi) described as a "product of local fame." This small river originates in the higher ground of what is today Shinjuku Gyoen and Mieji Shrine. Both sides of the river were more fully settled in Edo times than what Hiroshige represents; they were occupied mostly by temples, residences of shogunal retainers and suburban daimyo estates. However, by the late Meiji period it became a "slumlike shantytown," and is little improved today.