1. Nihonbashi, Edo
Nihonbashi Bridge was a bridge that became the starting point of five highway, Tokaido, Nakasendo, Koshudo, Nikkodo, and Ooshudo. Katsushika Hokusai(1760-1849) used the perspective method for the artworks.
According to the documents at the time, Nihonbashi was about 50 meters in length. As the print shows, the various people always crossed over the bridge and the boats passed all day long under the bridge.
However, only the ornamental cap and the handrail of the bridge appears on the screen.
The seven boats anchored on the right bank are in the process of unloading the shipment.
Hokusai learned the western art technique when he belonged to the Katsukawa school.
The Ichikokubashi Bridge is at the vanishing point of the woodblock printing and below Edo Castle. The buildings of the merchants stand in lines along the Nihonbashi River.
The viewpoint of this ukiyo-e is on the bridge, and there are many people those who have various things in front.
Mt. Fuji looks down the city of Edo from the left-side of the image of the floating world.
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