Minakuchi: Famous Dried Gourd Shavings

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Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )

DATE:
1834
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General Description

The special product of Minakuchi was the shavings of dried gourds, which were used in a number of Japanese dishes. The women in this scene are peeling gourds and hanging the strips to dry.

Excerpt from

Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.