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Woodblock print - Yoshino River in Yamato Province
  • Yoshino River in Yamato Province
    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858
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Yoshino River in Yamato Province

  • Object:

    Woodblock print

  • Place of origin:

    Japan (made)

  • Date:

    1843-1847 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (artist)
    Ibaya Kyubei (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour print from woodblocks

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This beautiful 'uchiwa-e' (rigid fan print) design by Hiroshige depicts cherry trees in blossom. They are situated along the Yoshino River in southern Nara Prefecture. We might on first sight think that it is a landscape print, as suggested by the title in the red cartouche. A contemporary Japanese viewer, however, would have immediately recognised it as the famous scene in the play 'Imoseyama Onna Teikin' ('An Example of Noble Womanhood'). The young lovers Koganosuke and Hinadori are deterred from meeting by the long-standing feud between their families. Here they look longingly at each other across the expanse of the Yoshino River. Tragedy ensues as they both choose death in preference to serving Soga no Iruka. He is the country's scheming senior minister, who sends orders via their parents that they should become his retainer and concubine respectively.

Physical description

Fan print, aiban size. Artist signature: Hiroshige ga. Publisher mark: Ibaya Kyubei. Censor seal: Mera.

Place of Origin

Japan (made)


1843-1847 (made)


Utagawa, Hiroshige, born 1797 - died 1858 (artist)
Ibaya Kyubei (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour print from woodblocks


Height: 220 mm approx., Width: 290 mm approx.

Descriptive line

Woodblock print, Utagawa Hiroshige I; 'Yoshino River in Yamato Province', from the series 'Famous Places in the Provinces'; fan print, Japanese, 1843-1847




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