Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige), ‘Oki: Takibi no Yashiro’, 1853, Ronin Gallery

Seals: Date, Aratame (censor seal) and publisher

Signature: Hiroshige hitsu

Publisher: Koshimuraya Heisuke

Hidden among the shadowy trees is a torii gate, signaling the presence of the famous Takibi Shrine of the Oki archipelago, which is known for providing protection to seafarers during storms along the Sea of Japan. In Hiroshige’s image, the hulls of two enormous wooden ships plow through the bright blue waves, headed to the shore of Oki’s Nishinoshima Island to offer prayer and tribute to Takuhi Gongen, the kami of the shrine.

About Utagawa Hiroshige (Andō Hiroshige)

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