Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Hiroshige depicts a village scene with women in the foreground hanging strips of kampyo, or dried gourd shavings. The second photo shows bundled kampyo. The lower two photos show dishes made with kampyo, with the vegetable used as a tie in the bottommost.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
A traveler along the Tokai Road in reverse, from Kyoto to Edo, might have stayed at the Ishibeya, depicted at top, about a day's journey from Kyoto. The second photo shows the present-day Ishibeya, while the photo at bottom shows traditional structures in the village, located in Shiga Prefecture.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
# 55: The Great Sanjo Bridge, Kyoto
Hiroshige stood on the western bank of the Kamo River and painted this, the final stop of his series that contained 55 views in all. He faced east, in the direction of Edo, the capital of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the start of the nearly 500 km long Tokai road, whose end he had reached.
The Great Sanjo Bridge today.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Yesterday I went to our local outlet of up-scale department store Isetan for the final day of an exhibit devoted to Hokusai, one of Japan's most famous manga and woodblock artists. The above view of Mt. Fuji is one of a series of 36 the artist created depicting Japan's iconic mountain. Fuji is shown from a vantage that is now part of Shizuoka City.