Ginza Street and Nipposha from the series Famous Views of Tokyo


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ginza Street and Nipposha

from the series Famous Places of Tokyo

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, c. 1875

IHL Cat. #483
Gathering Shellfish at Low Tide at Fukagawa Susaki from the series Famous Views of Modern Tokyo

About This Print

The artist Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894) designed at least nine different series of prints showing similar depictions of Tokyo landmarks.  This scene shows the headquarters of one of the many newspaper offices [possibly that of Nipposha, the publishers of the Tokyo Nichinichi Shinbun (Tokyo Daily News)] located along the Ginza.  If it is the Nipposha office, it dates this print between the time Nipposha first moved its offices to Ginza in May 1874 to their move to new offices at the end of 1876 at Oharicho 1-chome 1-banchi in Kyobashi-ku.1

Similar Views

Below are two similar scenes by Hiroshige III.  The presence of a horsedrawn trolley (note the tracks in the road) dates the print on the right to after about 1882, when the trolleys (tetsudo basha) were introduced.  By this time Nipposha's offices had been moved from Ginza to Oharicho (Ohwaricho).

東京名所図会 尾張町煉化石, undated
National Diet Library
Owaricho nichinichishinbun nipposha, 1884

The Real Ginza c. 1880s

Ginza c.1880s-1890s
NYPL Digital Gallery Image 110040

1 Information on Nipposha's office locations was gathered from William Wetherall's site

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description  Ginza Street 銀座 and Nipposha? (characters in the left column of cartouche are unread)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Series  Famous Places of Tokyo 東京 名所 の内
 Signature  Hiroshige
 Seal red artist's seal below signature
 Publication Date  c. 1875 (Meiji 8)
 Publisher  Yorozuya Magobei
 Carver  unknown
 Impression  good
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor wrinkling, some soiling within image; ink smudges in margins from printing process; margins untrimmed
 Genre  ukiyo-e; fûkeiga
 Format  oban
 H x W Paper 
 9 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (24.8 x 36.8 cm)
 H x W Image
 8 3/8 x 13 1/2 in. (21.3 x 34.3 cm)

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