Ukiyo-e

Ukiyo-e continues as a highly refined art form in Japan today, relying on the skills of consummate creators, publishers, and carvers who depict the modern landscape with the same sense of romance and mystery that pervades the work of their predecessors.
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Palanquin bearers and travellers warm themselves up by a campfire at the foot of a pine tree, surrounded by a desolate winter landscape on the outskirts of Hamamatsu. The seaside town was the 29th station on the Tokaido, centred around Hamamatsu Castle, which can be seen in the distance.

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A procession arrives at the Hashirii Chaya teahouse in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, famous for its Hashirii-mochi rice cakes. These traditional Japanese sweets are still a popular delicacy in Otsu, and the Hashirii, a well out the front of the teahouse revered for pristine quality water, has been preserved to this day.

A procession arrives at the Hashirii Chaya teahouse in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, famous for its Hashirii-mochi rice cakes. These traditional Japanese sweets are still a popular delicacy in Otsu, and the Hashirii, a well out the front of the teahouse revered for pristine quality water, has been preserved to this day.

Two travellers are accosted by a gale as they try to cross the Mitaki River, near Yokkaichi in Mie Prefecture. Hiroshige uses the straining boughs of the willow tree in the centre of the print, the abandoned boat in the foreground, and the masts beside the fishing village in the distance to dramatic effect in reproducing the atmosphere of the howling wind.

Utagawa Hiroshige: Yokkaichi: Mie River (Yokkaichi, Miegawa), from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi), also known as the First Tôkaidô or Great Tôkaidô

As it reaches Narumi in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, a procession passes by a row of stores selling the region’s famous tie-dyed fabric, Arimatsu Shibori. Arimatsu is located to the immediate northeast of Narumi, and the beautiful designs still produced today by local artisans in both districts are some of the most famous in Japan.

As it reaches Narumi in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, a procession passes by a row of stores selling the region’s famous tie-dyed fabric, Arimatsu Shibori. Arimatsu is located to the immediate northeast of Narumi, and the beautiful designs still produced today by local artisans in both districts are some of the most famous in Japan.

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