Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858)
Bamboo Yards, Kyōbashi Bridge
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

In this nocturne, the Kyōbashi River recedes off into the east. Our view is framed above by Kyōbashi Bridge. On the far bank of the river can be seen the storage yard of a bamboo dealer. Tens of thousands of bamboo poles have been propped vertically and diagonally in a dense cluster that stretches far off into the distance, like an impenetrable bamboo forest.

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