Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858)
Cotton-goods Lane, Ōdenma-chō
From the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1858
Woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Gift of James A. Michener, 1991

In this print, Hiroshige offers insight into the ways in which various businesses in Edo depended upon one another. On the left, two geisha entertainers and their young attendant are dressed in luxurious kimono, as required by their profession. To the right stand a long row of textile shops from which they may have purchased their outfits.

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