Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858)
Hall of Thirty-three Bays (Sanjūsangendō), Fukagawa
From the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1857
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Gift of James A. Michener, 1991

This building, constructed in 1642 as part of Eitaiji Temple, was based upon a structure of the same name in Kyoto City. The Kyoto site, however, is a strictly Buddhist facility that possesses a phenomenal collection of 1,001 statues of Kannon (Chinese: Guanyin), the bodhisattva of mercy. By contrast, this hall was largely stripped of its religious purpose and functioned predominately as an archery range.

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