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.
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.
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.