View of Shibaura


A flock of gulls are swooping above the water at the Odaiba pier. The vivid image skillfully depicted by Hiroshige still looks actual. His precision surpassed that of a fairly fast shutter speed on a camera.


The name Odaiba alludes to Daiba which formed small islands nearby. They were constructed in 1853 for the Tokugawa shogunate in order to protect Edo from attack by sea, the primary threat being Commodore Matthew Perry’s Black Ships, which had arrived in the same year.