Artist:Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando)
Medium: Woodblock print
Dates:2nd month of 1857
Dimensions: sheet: 14 3/16 x 9 1/4 in. (36.0 x 23.5 cm); image: 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (34.0 x 22.2 cm)
Accession Number: 30.1478.115
Catalogue Description: The samurai retainers practiced their military skills at the Takata Riding Grounds. In the middle distance two riders gallop past each other and at one end of the lawn, three archers take aim at a leather-faced target to the left. Hiroshige himself was of the samurai class, and his grandfather, Tanaka Koemon, had been an instructor of archery. The trees proved to be a good wind-break and local farmers set up teahouses so that the grounds became a pleasant place for outings. The entire track was about 60 yards wide and 400 yards long. After the Restoration, the land became filled with houses, as it is today. The Takata Riding Grounds gave its name to the nearby Takadanobaba Station on the Yamanote Line.