Nakagawa River Mouth, No. 70 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo


Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn, New York City, United States

The two passenger boats in the lower half of this print are crossing paths on the Onagi Canal at the point where it joins the Nakagawa River, the broad stream in the center. They are passing in front of a guard station barely visible at the lower left. This checkpoint, established for military security in the early Edo period, was apparently once quite strict. By Hiroshige’s time, however, after more than two centuries of peace, the inspection procedure was a mere formality. A memory of the inspection station survives today in the Guardhouse Bridge, which spans the entrance to the Onagi Canal.


  • Title: Nakagawa River Mouth, No. 70 from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo
  • Creator: Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (Japanese, 1797-1858)
  • Original Source: Brooklyn Museum collection
  • Medium: Woodblock print on paper
  • Rights: no known copyright restrictions
  • File name: 30.1478.70_PS1.jpg
  • Dimensions: Image: 13 3/8 x 8 3/4 in. (33.9 x 22.2 cm) Sheet: 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (36.2 x 23.5 cm)
  • Date: 2nd month of 1857
  • Credit line: Gift of Anna Ferris
  • Collection: Asian Art
  • Accession number: 30.1478.70

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