The One Hundred Thousand Tsubo Plain

The One Hundred Thousand Tsubo Plain, Suzaki, Fukugawa
This extraordinary woodcut print of a golden eagle flying over the plain at Suzaki was made in 1857 by Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858) towards the very end of his life, at a time when he had retired to a Buddhist monastery. There he embarked on a quest to produce truly great works of art. The result was the series “100 Views of Famous Place in Edo”.
In Japan, tsubo is the name for the points on the meridians worked in shiatsu.
What then is the meaning of One Hundred Thousand Tsubo Plain?

This image is of the print held in the Art Collection of the University of Alberta. Their print is extraoridinarily vivid, much brighter than the one used for giclee prints on the commercial poster sites.

Here are two more pictures from that series which I especially like:

Kyoto Bridge by Moonlight, from the Series "100 Views of Famous Place in Edo," Pub. 1855
Kyoto Bridge

Fireworks at Ryogoku, from the series "100 Views of Famous Place in Edo," Pub. 1855 - Ando HiroshigeFireworks at Ryogoku

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~ by scalambra on November 30, 2008.

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