Famous Views of the Eastern Capital

(Tôto meisho, 東都名所)

Publisher: Kaga-ya Kichibei

c. 1834


Tokyo (then called Edo) was the Eastern Capital, where the shogun lived.  The emperor lived in Kyoto, the Western Capital.  This series of ten prints portrays people in landscapes, each print having a green bamboo border.  It is listed as number 8 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints are each about 10 by 14 inches (25 by 36 centimeters), a size known as ôban.

Title: The New Yoshiwara (Shin Yoshiwara, 新吉原)

Description: Five men along the Yoshiwara embankment by moonlight

Schaap: 19.1

This is a reproduction of the above print made in the 1930s (Robert O. Muller Collection)

Title: Enjoying the Cool at Ryôgoku (Ryôgoku no suzumi, 両国の凉)

Description: People swimming and boating in the Sumida River with fireworks in the evening sky

Schaap: 19.2

Another state of the above print

Title: Rainbow at Surugadai (するがだひ)

Description: A mountain landscape with travelers looking at a rainbow at Surugadai

Schaap: 19.3

Title: Imado in Asakusa (Imado Asakusa, 浅草今戸)

Description: Men working at ceramic tile kilns at Imado by the Sumida River

Schaap: 19.4

Title: Ômori (大森)

Description: Two women gathering nori (seaweed) at Ômori

Schaap: 19.5

This is an early twentieth century reproduction of the above print.  It was published by Hashiguchi Goyo whose circular seal is the most leftward of the of the group of four seals and signatures in the right lower corner.

Title: A Picture of Sunrise at Susaki on New Year’s Day (Susaki hatsuhinode zu, 洲崎初日出の図)

Description: A geisha and worshipers (small figures on the shore) greeting the sunrise at Susaki on New Year’s Day

Schaap: 19.6

Title: Teppôzu (てつぽふづ)

Description: Fisherman on the rocks at Teppôzu

Schaap: 19.7

Title: Kasumigaseki (霞ヶ関)

Description: Travelers at the top of the slope at Kasumigaseki

Schaap: 19.8

Title: Yanagi Bridge at Ryôgoku (Yanagibashi Ryôgoku, 両国 柳ばし)

Description: A geisha and her male servant on the banks of the Sumida River near Yanagi Bridge

Schaap: 19.9

Title: Tsukuda Island (Tsukudajima, 佃島)

Description: A ferry under Etai Bridge with the island of Tsukuda in background

Schaap: 19.10

 “Schaap” refers to listing in Heroes and Ghosts: Japanese Prints by Kuniyoshi by Robert Schaap (Hotei Publishing, Leiden, 1998).