Miya: Atsuta Festival
Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )
This scene of a festival event at Atsuta Shrine, with its movement from right to left, is strongly reminiscent of narrative handscrolls of the Kamakura period (1192-1333). Miya was once the largest town between Edo (now Tōkyō) and Kyōto; from there, two highways branched inland, and the Tōkaidō veered over water for 15 miles across Ise Bay.
Anna McFarland, Ichiryusai Hiroshige: The Fifty-Three Stages of the Tokaido, Label text, 1986.