Forest of Suijin Shrine and Masaki on the Sumida River, 1856, 8th month

A pink haze encircles the blue mountain in the distance, seen through the branches of a flowering cherry blossom tree. In the middle ground, hidden among a grove of trees, is the Suijin shrine, dedicated to the deity that protected the area surrounding Sumida River. The Japanese language has a word for mist in spring, kasumi, as opposed to kiri (fog), which was traditionally associated with autumn; both were used as seasonal markers in Japanese poetry. Here, Hiroshige offered a view of Mount Tsukuba, identifiable by its two prominent peaks, Nyotai-san (“female body mountain”) and Nantai-san (“male body mountain”).

Forest of Suijin Shrine and Masaki on the Sumida River
Artist Life
1797 - 1858
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 250, vertical ôban #62.58
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