Ginza Brick Building from the series Famous Places in Tokyo

 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Ginza Brick Building

from the series Famous Places in Tokyo

by Utagawa Hiroshige III, 1874/1876


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 depicting early Meiji Era 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 "Brick Street".  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

For an interesting essay on Ginza Brick Street (aka "Bricktown") see "Ginza Bricktown and the Myth of Meiji Modernization" by Tristan R. Grunow, University of British Columbia.

Similar Views of Bricktown

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
[Where are the people? For the answer and more see the essay
"Ginza Bricktown and the Myth of Meiji Modernization" by Tristan R. Grunow,
University of British Columbia https://meijiat150dtr.arts.ubc.ca/essays/grunow/

1 Information on Nipposha's office locations was gathered from William Wetherall's site www.nishikie.com

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #483
 Title or Description  Ginza Brick Building
 銀座煉瓦造 
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842–1894)
 Series  Famous Places in Tokyo
  東京名所の内 Tōkyō meisho no uchi
 Signature
Hiroshige ga 
重画
 Seal  "Hiro" diamond seal (see above) [this seal was also used by Hiroshige I] 
 Publication Date  c. 1875 (Meiji 8)
 Publisher
Yorozuya Magobei 万屋孫兵衛 [Marks: pub. ref. 627; seal ref. no. 23-070)
万 板元 日本ばし萬孫 通い Man, hanmoto, Nihonbashi, Manson, Tōri ichi

 Carver  unknown
 Impression  good
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor wrinkling, some soiling within image; ink smudges in margins from printing process; margins untrimmed
 Genre  nishiki-e; meisho-e
 Miscellaneous    
 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)
 Literature 

 Collections This Print
 Digital Collections of Keio University Libraries 
last revision:
3/27/2020
3/6/2020
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