Art on Tuesday: Late Spring

These two woodblock prints are depicting the Hachiman Shrine in Ichigaya (市ヶ谷八幡) by Hiroshige II (left) and the banks of the Tama River with cherry blossoms by Hiroshige I (right). Both places are located in today’s Tokyo. These two pictures are also part of the series of “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”.

The Hachiman Shrine dates back to 1479, erected by Ôta Dôkan to guard Edo against approaches from the West. It enshrines a deity of the Tsurugaoka Shrine of Kamakura. The Hachiman Shrine was destroyed and rebuilt and then moved from Kamakura to Edo. After WWII only the bronze torii of the shrine was still there, but the shrine was again rebuild in the 1960s. Today it is located about 200 metres from the subway station Ichigaya.

A channel of the Tama River, which flows through Tokyo, is a popular motif of several woodblock prints.