Sights in and around Kyoto


Shimane Art Museum

Shimane Art Museum
Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken , Japan

Rakuchû rakugai-zu (sights in and around Kyoto) are illustrations of Kyoto, featuring the temples, shrines, castles, estates, shops, living quarters, and so forth spaced out in the city and outskirts, as perceived from an overhead view. Yearly events such as Gion Festival's Yamahoko Junkô (a parade of floats) and Kamo no Keiba (Kamo horse racing), entertainment such as kabuki and drinking parties, and sights such as processions of Western Europeans span the illustrations, and men and women of every age, from every social class, are depicted in the picture. Judging from the date of establishment of the buildings that are depicted, the period of production for this work is estimated to be around the middle of the Genna period (1615-24). Given its detailed depiction of people—numbering around 1,800—and buildings, it is counted among the representative rakuchû rakugai-zu of the early Edo period.


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