Minakuchi: Famous Dried Gourd Shavings
Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )
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.
Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.