Yoshiiku Utagawa, Summer Party at Ryogoku, Fireworks

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Artist: Yoshiiku Utagawa (1833-1903)
Title: Summer Party at Ryogoku, Tokyo
Publisher: Yorozuya Magobei
Date: late 19th century (Meiji)
Size: (L)33.8 x 24.8 (C)33.8 x 24.9 (R)33.7 x 24.9 cm

Original Japanese woodblock print.

The construction of the Ryogoku Bridge in 1659 helped to shape the city of Edo and later Tokyo. The name of the bridge translates as 'two countries' and referred to the joining of Musashi and Shimosa Province which were prior separated by the Sumida River. It is often said that Edo was a city of rivers and canals, with travelling by boat a common mode of transport for most classes.

Ryogoku Bridge was also a popular spot for fireworks and entertainment in the summer. Crowds would gather on the river shore or on pleasure boats to relax and cool off in the evening after a hot and humid summer day.

More Information
Print Format Triptych
Artist Name Yoshiiku Utagawa
Title Summer Party at Ryogoku, Tokyo
Subject Beauty & Female, Male & Female, Kimono Design, Tattoo
Dimensions (L)33.8 x 24.8 (C)33.8 x 24.9 (R)33.7 x 24.9 cm
Condition Report Trimmed, backed tear, light soiling and wear.