歌川国芳 『東都名所』「大森」
The familiar sights of Edo (present-day Tokyo) were popular print subjects throughout the nineteenth century. This print takes us onto Edo Bay in the district known as Omori. Wispy clouds fill the sky as a skiff holding two women floats beside a bed of upright branches. Inserted into the bay’s gentle current, the branches were used to cultivate the seaweed that was harvested in winter to make Asakusa nori, a famous Edo product. One of the women plucks seaweed from a branch with special chopsticks, while the other uses a rake to gently lift strands into a basket. Another boat is just visible beyond a second cultivation bed on the right.


  • Title: [Gathering seaweed at] Omori
  • Creator: Kagaya Kichiemon (Japanese) (Publisher),Seiseido (Japanese) (Publisher),Utagawa Kuniyoshi (Japanese, 1797 - 1861) (Artist)
  • Date Created: early 1830s
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 9 3/4 in x W. 14 5/8 in, H. 24.8 cm x W. 37.1 cm (oban)
  • Rights: Public Domain
  • Medium: Ink and colors on paper
  • Credit Line: Asian Art Museum, Gift of the Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection, 2005.100.114

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