Downward of Hachiman, Ichigaya

Spring

This view has been taken from the river bank depicted in the original image. Despite the modern development, the area is still preserving the ancient atmosphere. The sweet sunset, together with the orange striped train passing by mimic the “Suyari Kasumi” effect of Hiroshige’s image.

Notes

The clouds trailing horizontally across the print are what is known as Suyari Kasumi (false haze). It is a technique that has been used for a long time in japanese paintings, expressing the depth while omitting the space. The rounded edges of the clouds creates a stylised form, as well as the decorative effect with gorgeously coloured borders in red and yellow.

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