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Azumabashi (Azuma Bridge) from the series Scenic Views of Tokyo


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Azumabashi (Azuma Bridge)

from the series Scenic Views of Tokyo

by Utagawa Kunitoshi, 1888

IHL Cat. #269

About This Print

Source: Meiji Revisited The Sites of Victorian Japan, Dallas Finn, Weather Hill, Inc. 1995 p. 145
Azumabashi 吾妻橋, built in 1887, was the first metal bridge spanning the Sumida River.  It was officially dedicated and opened to the public on December 9, 1887.   It served the bustling pleasure quarter of Asakusa on one side and a beer factory on the other.  Japanese woodblock artists drew its vertical posts and diagonal eyebars in Western perspective and for good measure populated the walkway with ladies in bustles and the deck with top-hatted gentlemen in carriages.

Period Photos

Photo of Azumabashi, July 1900

Color Postcard of Azumabashi, date unknown

Postcard of Azumabashi, date unknown

Print Details

 IHL Catalog #269
 Title (Description) あずまばし Azumabashi (Azuma Bridge)
 Series 東亰名勝會 Tokyo meishō-e
 Artist  Utagawa Kunitoshi (1847-1899)
国利画 Kunitoshi ga in red cartouche, lower right-hand corner
 Pub. Date
December 10, 1888 (Meiji 21)
辻岡文助 Tsujiokaya Bunsuke [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 548]
 Impression fair (misregistration, but not untypical for many Meiji-era prints)
 Colors excellent
 Condition good- minor soiling and wrinkling; small tear at top edge, repaired
 Genre ukiyo-e; meisho-e; kaika-e
 Format vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 13 5/8 x 9 3/8 in. (34.6 x 23.8 cm)
 H x W Image 13 1/4 x 8 11/16 in. (33.3 x 22.1 cm)
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