Hiroshige II's series 'Views of Famous Places in Edo (Edo meishō zue)' (1861-1864)


This page attempts to catalog all known prints in Hiroshige II's series 'Edo meishō zue (江戸 名勝 圖會 - Views of Famous Places in Edo)'. (The title is now usually written with the kanji 江戸 名所 図会.) Edo was renamed Tōkyō shortly after this series was produced.

The series dates from the middle of Hiroshige II's career, when he was in his mid-thirties (thirty-five to thirty-seve years old). At this point, he was using the name 'Hiroshige', since his master Hiroshige I had died (in 1858), and Hiroshige II had taken over the 'Hiroshige'; the prints in this series are signed 'Hiroshige'.

The series title is in the vertical rectangular cartouche in the top right corner; the title of each individual print is on the right-hand edge of the horizontal rectangular cartouche.

Series Size and Missing Prints

It is not known for certain how many prints are in the series; Edward F. Strange, in 'The Colour-Prints of Hiroshige', says it contains "not less than 51" prints - but then goes on to list fifty-seven prints!

This page currently contains 71 prints. Of these, 53 seem to be listed in Strange. (Due to his use of older transliteration systems, along with a few reading errors - an understandable problem in dealing with Japanese names, where characters can have so many different readings, especially when used in names - positive identification of every print he lists is problematic.) That leaves 18 prints shown here which seem to not be listed in Strange.

Subtracting the 53 prints shown here which are listed in Strange, from the list of 57 given there, 4 from that list seem to be missing. The missing prints, as listed in Strange, in alphabetical order as he gave them, are:

The list of prints shown here which do not seem to be in Strange, in alphabetical order of the title in rōmaji, is: Images of the missing prints (or of any prints which are not shown here, but also are not listed in Strange) would be most gratefully received. Also, if anyone can connect any of the 'extra' prints, with a entry from the Strange 'missing' list, that would also be welcome.

Also, better images of the following prints:

would also be most useful. Of these, Hashiba, Nippori, and Sengaku-ji are probably the most-needed.

Please see the contact page for information on how to pass such information along. Thanks!

Technical details

The Prints

The series does not appear to be numbered; prints are shown in date order, and within a given date set, they are given in order of the name in rōmaji.

In the table of the prints (below), due to the existence of alternative characters, or the post-WWII simplification of written Japanese, the kanji now often used in Japan for some of the places illustrated are sometimes different from the characters given in the title cartouche; if so, the other form is given in brackets.

To see a larger, roughly full-screen, image of any print, if there is one available, please click on the thumbnail; these images are sized to produce reasonable detail (if we have an original that big), and are fairly compressed.

If we have a higher-quality image, that image can be viewed by clicking on the "Large Image" link, which gives the size of the image (for the benefit of those on slow links). Sometimes there is more than one, if our best-quality image has issues (e.g. trimmed margins).

Images Large Image Date Title (Kanji) Title (Rōmaji) Title (English) Description
1861-64 傅通院 Denzu-in Denzu Temple Denzu Temple was built by the Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1603, as the final resting place for his mother, Odai. It became something of a family graveyard for the Tokugawa family, and other family members are also buried here.

Sometimes the name of this temple is written with the characters 傳通院, but this is not accurate. The temple's own web site uses the other form.

1861-64 江戸橋 Edo-bashi Edo Bridge
333KB 1861-64 永代橋 Eitai-bashi Eternity Bridge
1861-64 五百 羅漢寺 Gohyaku rakan-ji Temple of the 500 Arhats
1861-64 八景坂 夕景 Hakkei-zaka yūkei Evening (View) at Eight Views Slope
1861-64 十二莊
Jūnisō Jūnisō Waterfall
1861-64 木母寺 Mokubo-ji Mokubo Temple
1861-64 日本橋 Nihon-bashi Nihon Bridge
1861-64 日暮里 古名新掘 Nippori ko-mei shin-kutsu (?) Nippori The exact meaning of the second part of the title is somewhat obscure, but it appears to relate to a change in a name (shin - 'new'; ko - 'old').
1861-64 王子 稻荷
Ōji Inari Inari Temple at Ōji The Ōji Inari shrine, one of the oldest in its area (to the north of Tokyo, on high ground overlooking the Ara River), is one of a series dedicated to Inari, the god of rice harvest; the Oji Inari shrine is the head Inari shrine of the eight provinces of the Kantō.
1861-64 櫻田
Sakura-da Sakura-da Sakura-da (literally, 'flowering cherry rice paddy') was the district where many daimyō had their residences. It was next to Edo castle, residence of the then-Shogun; we see the castle's moat in this image.
1861-64 千駄ヶ谷 Sendagaya Sendagaya
1861-64 泉岳寺 Sengaku-ji Sengaku Temple
1861-64 不忍 弁天 Shinobazu Benten Benten Shrine in Shinobazu
1861-64 墨田川 Sumida-gawa Sumida River
1861-64 洲崎 Susaki Susaki
1861-64 天王寺 Ten'nō-ji Emperor Temple
1861-64 虎の門 Tora-no-mon Tora Gate
1861-64 築地 門跡 Tsukiji Monzeki Tsukiji Monzeki Temple
1861-64 佃島 Tsukuda-shima Tsukuda Island
1861-64 牛 天神 Ushi Tenjin Ushi Tenjin Shrine This shrine is formally known as the Kitano Shrine.

The name Ushi Tenjin is actually a nickname; at the start of the Kamakura Era, the famous warrior Minamoto no Yoritomo, the founding Shōgun of the Kamakura Shogunate, stopped here on his way to North. He had a dream in which Sugawara no Michizane, known as Tenjin, appeared riding on a bull (ushi), and told him that his dream would come true.

1861-64 柳島 妙見 Yanagishima Myōken Myōken Hall at Yanagishima Bridge The Myōken Hall was in the north-eastern quarter of the Honjo district, close to where the Yanagishima Bridge crossed the Yokojukken-gawa Canal, where the latter met with the Kitajukken-gawa Canal. The Hall was part of the Honsho Temple complex, and was named for the image of the Bodhisattva Myōken housed in it. Many Edo residents subscribed to a sect which venerated the Bodhisattva Myōken.
1861-64 鎧 の 渡 Yoroi no wata(shi) Yoroi Ferry This print is almost a duplicate of the image of these location in his earlier series, ' Thirty-six Views of the Eastern Capital'.
1861/10 飛鳥山 Asuka-yama Asuka Hill
1861/10 神田明神 Kanda Myōjin Kanda Myōjin Shrine
1861/10 御茶の水 Ocha-no-mizu Tea Water Canal
1861/10 両国橋 Ryōgoku-bashi Ryōgoku Bridge
1861/10 髙繩
Takanawa Takanawa
1861/10 東叡山 Tōeizan Tōeizan Temple
1861/10 増上寺 Zōjō-ji Zōjō Temple
1861/12 浅草寺 Sensō-ji Sensō Temple
1862?/? 橋場 Hashiba Hashiba (Ferry) Ironically, the literal translation of hashiba is 'bridge place', but there was no bridge here at the time of the print, just a ferry; the Shirahige Bridge is at this location now.
580KB 1862/? 霞ヶ關
Kasumiga-seki Kasumiga Barrier-gate Literally 'Mist barrier/gate', Kasumiga-seki is a district of Tōkyō; most of Japan's cabinet ministry offices are now located there.
1862/3 堀之内妙法寺 Horinouchi Myōhō-ji Myōhō Temple at Horinouchi
1862/3 亀井戸天神 Kameido Tenjin Kameido Tenjin Shrine
1862/3 目黒 Meguro Meguro Fudo Waterfalls in Fudo Temple (Ryusen-ji)
1862/3 御行の松 Miyuki no matsu The Pine Tree of the Imperial Procession
1862/3 西新井 Nishi Arai West Arai
1862/3 山王 Sannō Sannō Shrine
1862/3 新 肴 場 Shin-Sakanaba New Sakanaba The New Sakanaba was a riverfront area located in the Honzaimoku-chō (本材木町) district; the area held a group of fish wholesalers.
1862/8I 赤羽根 Akabane Akabane
1862/8I 大門通 Daimon-dōri Daimon Street
1862/8I 池上 Ikegami Ikegami
1862/8I 牛御前 Ushi no Gozen Ushi no Gozen Shrine
1862/8I 吉原 Yoshiwara The Yoshiwara
791KB 1862/8I 梅屋敷 Umeyashiki Umeyashiki The Plum Blossom Teahouse in Kameido.
1862/9 赤坂氷川 Akasaka Hikawa Hikawa Shrine at Akasaka
1862/9 道灌山 Dōkan-yama Dōkan Hill
1862/9 衣紋坂 Emon-zaka Emon Slope
1862/9 行人坂 Gyōnin-zaka Slope of the Devotees The Daien Temple stands halfway down a slope west of Meguro; the slope is named Gyōnin-zaka, or 'Slope of the Devotees', for the followers of the ascetic sect associated with the temple.
1862/9 羽田弁天 Haneda Benten Benten Shrine at Haneda
1862/9 堀切 Horikiri Horikiri
1862/9 眞乳山
Matsuchi-yama Matsuchi Hill
1862/9 白髯 明神 Shirahige Myōjin Shirahige Myōjin Shrine
1862/9 高田馬場 Takada-no-baba Takada Riding Grounds
1862/9 滝乃川 Takino-gawa Takino-gawa The name (literally, "Waterfall River") refers not to the river shown here (which is actually the Shakujii River), but to the area South of the river, including the village of the same name. The name is old, and may or may not refer to the waterfalls found along the river here.
1862/11 海晏寺 Kaian-ji Kaian Temple
1862/11 根津 Nezu Nezu
1862/11 昌平橋 Shōhei-bashi Shōhei Bridge
1863/6 中野 宝仙寺 Nakano Hōsen-ji Hōsen Temple at Nakano
790KB 1863/6 百花園 Hyakkaen Hundred Flower Garden
496KB 1863/6 大川 端 清正 公 Ōkawa tan Seishō kō ??
1863?/? 川崎 平源寺 Kawasaki Heiken-ji Heiken Temple in Kawasaki This temple is now usually known as Kawasaki Daishi.
1863/6 蓮花寺
Renge-ji Lotus Flower Temple It is not certain which Renge-ji is referred to here (there are temples of this name in Kyōto, Shiga, etc), as no location is given; it is possibly the one in Kamakura.
1863/6 深川 八幡 Fukagawa Hachiman Fukagawa Hachiman Shrine
1863/8 愛宕山 Atago-yama Mount Atago
1863/8 駒場野 Komabano Komabano
1863/8 浅草寺花邸 Sensō-ji hanayashiki Flower Garden at Sensō Temple Sensō-ji (also known as Kinryū-zan Temple) in Asakusa, Tōkyō is Tōkyō's oldest temple, and one of its most significant.
This seems to be the entry "Hanayashiki, Asakusa" in Strange's list.
1863/10? 関屋 の 里 Sekiya no sato Sekiya Village
733KB 1864/2 ? Shinkawa? Shinkawa? Shinkawa (literally, 'new river') was actually a canal; it functioned as a tributary of Kamejima River, and ran parallel to Nihonbashi River. It was filled in in 1948.
1042KB 1864/2 染井 Somei Somei


Thanks to the
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art of the University of Oregon, which graciously provided the image of Kasumigaseki.

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