Chikanobu Yoshu, Sanno Festival, Matsuri, Celebration, Summer, Edo City, Ukiyo-e


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Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838-1912)
Title: June – Sannō Festival
Series: Customs of Edo Throughout Twelve Months
Publisher: Yokoyama Ryōhachi
Date: 1889
Dimensions: (L) 24.7 x 35.5 (C) 23.3 x 35.5 (R) 24.3 x 35.5 cm
Condition: Slightly trimmed. Faint stain and transfer of red pigment top of right panel. Some pinholes. Light brown spots top of left panel. Dark pigment on bottom of left panel.

A sweeping view of a vibrant and bustling procession on the streets of Tokyo. The occasion is the Sannō Matsuri, a festival which only takes place in even numbered years in June. Centring around the city’s important Hie Shrine, the festival celebrations were marked by large scale parades through the heart of the capital. The carnival atmosphere was heightened by the elaborate platforms and floats that coloured the summer streets. An imperial gift from the Chinese emperor of a rare white elephant made the festival particularly grand in 1887. Led by Korean bandsmen marching with continental banners, the ornately robed elephant is guided towards the imperial palace. Appropriately before them is a large float of the Money King, an eminent figure of Chinese literature and lore.

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