Miya: Atsuta Festival


Utagawa Hiroshige ( Japanese, 1797 - 1858 )

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General Description

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.

Adapted from

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