Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige), ‘Arai’, 1855, Ronin Gallery

Seals: Aratame

Condition: Very good color, impression and state.

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizo

Many travelers slept through the two-mile ferry ride across Imagiri (where Hamana Lake meets the Pacific Ocean). Hiroshige emphasizes the length of this journey as boats disappear into the horizon. Arai was home to an important government barrier. Spanning both land and sea, this barrier allowed the shogunate to regulate the flow of people and weapons.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

Japanese, 1797-1858, Edo (modern Tokyo), Japan, based in Edo (present day Tokyo), Japan