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Famous Places in Tokyo, Kakigara-cho Rice Trading Exchange and View of Eitai Bridge

Utagawa Kunitoshi (1847-1899)
 

Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Famous Places in Tokyo,

Kakigara-cho Rice Trading Exchange

and View of Eitai Bridge

by Utagawa Kunitoshi, 1881







IHL Cat.#s 474A and 474B

市町蛎名東
場米売所京








  







橋永名東
景代所京

Asakusa Kinryūzan from the series Famous Places of Tokyo

About This Print

The top print shows us the Rice Trading Exchange building in the Kakigara-cho neighborhood of Tokyo.  The vertical red cartouche near the Exchange's tower reads 商行会社, referencing the Shoko company, which established the exchange in 1874.1  The vertical red cartouche to the left of the Rice Trading Exchange reads Suitengū, the shrine where couples pray for fertility and safe births.  Just the top gables of the temple are shown.

The bottom prints shows us busy Etail (Yetai) Bridge 永代橋 spanning the Sumida and connecting its east bank with Tsukuda Island. There has been a bridge is this spot since 1698, when it was opened to serve as a link between the central part of Edo to the east and the then newly developing area to the west.

Suitengu Shrine and Tokyo Rice and Commodities Exchange Today


 
The Tokyo Rice and Commodities Exchange in Kakigara-cho, Nihonbashi-ku, Tokyo
 
Suitengū shrine’s roots are in Fukuoka prefecture, but it was moved to its present site in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi-kakigaracho district (in Chuo ward) in 1871.

1 website of the Tokyo Rice and Commodities Exchange http://www.tge.or.jp/english/about/about_02.shtml


Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #474A and 474B
 Title (Description)  Kakigara-cho Rice Trading Exchange and View of Eitai Bridge
 蛎売町米市場     永代橋景
 Series Famous Places in Tokyo (Tokyo meisho 東京 名所)
 Artist  Utagawa Kunitoshi (1847-1899)
 Signature
Kunitoshi hitsu 国利筆
 Seal  none
 Pub. Date
1881 (Meiji 14) 
 Publisher
Yūba Shūhei 猶葉周平  [Naraha Shūbei] [Marks: pub. ref. 379; seal not shown]
 
top: 画工兼出板 平ノ屋 
Artist and publisher Hiranoya*
bottom: 新和泉丁一番地 猶葉周平
Nihonbashi Shin'izumichō 1-banchi Naraha Shūbei

* Hiranoya is not the name of a person, but a seal name associated with the publisher, making this designation for both the artist and publisher a bit strange.

 
 Carver
ツ Hori Tatsu
 Impression  good
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - minor soiling and wrinkling; two prints joined with backing paper
 Genre  ukiyo-e; meisho-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  horizontal oban
 H x W Paper
 top print 9 3/8 x 14 in. (23.8 x 35.6 cm); bottom print  9 x 14 in. (22.9 x 35.6 cm)
 H x W Image top print 8 3/8 x 12 7/8 in. (21.3 x 32.7 cm); bottom print 8 1/2 x 12 7/8 in. (21.6 x 32.7 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print  Tokyo Metropolitan Library 855-C2 (Kakigara-cho Rice Trading Exchange); Bank of Japan Currency Museum (Kakigara-cho Rice Trading Exchange)


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