I sincerely thank you for taking the time for joining the tour to Meiji Shrine and Harajuku. We had 12 guests from USA, Australia. 7 of the guests had participated in our tour to the East Gardens of the Imperial Palace on the previous day which we appreciate very much.
The weather was perfect on this day. I hope all of you enjoyed walking with us.
Ukiyo-e or woodblock printings have been very popular among common people since the Edo period.
Ukiyo-e pictures were very reasonable in the Edo period so that people used them as one of daily life commodities such as wallpaper, fan, calendars and wrapping paper.
Real Ukiyo-e pictures are very expensive now, but don’t worry. We can collect ‘Ukiyo-e‘ reasonably.
For example, the following are the Playing Cards of Hiroshige’s “Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido” which is one of the most famous Ukiyo-e picture series.
Many people think that “Fifty-three Stations on the Tokaido” consisted of 53 pictures, but don’t forget the start point and the end point. 53 is the number of stations between Nihombashi and Kyoto. So there are 55 pictures.
My most favorite picture is “Night Snow at Kambara”.
posted by Maki