Artist:Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
Medium: Woodblock print
Dates:2nd month of 1856
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)
Accession Number: 30.1478.96
Catalogue Description: This scene depicts two fishing villages, Nekozane on the right side of the channel and Horie on the left. The channel is called Border River (Sakaigawa) and the nearer of the two bridges is Border Bridge (Sakaibashi). Both survive today. The fishing villages were well known for a variety of shellfish and were administratively merged in 1889 and given the name "Urayasu" in hope that it would be a "safe harbor." Land reclamation projects in the twentieth century have constantly expanded the limits of Urayasu into Edo Bay. The very southern tip of this new land is where Toyko Disneyland is presently located. In the foreground are a group of birds, gray plovers (daizen). There appears to have been a thriving market in Edo for these edible birds. There is a net buried under the sand and the trappers are calling the birds with a whistle. When enough plovers have assembled, the trappers will pull the long cord shown here which will release a device that snares the birds.