View of Nihonbashi itchōme Street, by Utagawa Hiroshige

View of Nihonbashi itchōme Street, by Utagawa Hiroshige

View of Nihonbashi ichōme

One of the works of the “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo ” series, by  Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). 

To the right of the screen,  Shirokiya, a kimono shop, and Tokyoan, a soba shop stand in line. In the middle of the street, a gohei (wooden wands, decorated with two zigzag paper streamers) are placed on an umbrella with a long handle, and a strange group of five people are drawn around the umbrella. They are a group of street performers who used to live in Osaka. After that, onnadayu, a woman who plays the shamisen, follows. To their right are delivery men who come out of soba restaurants and men who buy gourds from stalls. On the left, a merchant’s daughter is walking toward Nihonbashi Bridge with a parasol.

Title: View of Nihonbashi itchōme Street

Author: Utagawa Hiroshige

Year: 1858

Size: 35.7cm×24.7cm