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Evening Glow on Jinmei Shrine
Evening Glow on Jinmei Shrine from the series "Eight Views of the Shiba District in the Capital City"

ca. 1839-1840
Edo Period (1600-1868)
9 3/4 x 14 5/16 in. (24.8 x 36.3 cm)

Ando Hiroshige
Japanese (1797 - 1858)

Full Title:Evening Glow on Jinmei Shrine from the series "Eight Views of the Shiba District in the Capital City"
Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color woodcut
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. James B. Austin
Accession Number: 1987.34.8
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Location: Not currently on view

"Evening Glow on a Fishing Village" has become "Evening Glow on Jinmei Shrine." Jinmei, which literally means "God-bright," was a term used to indicate the chief of all Shintô deities, Amaterasu no Ômikami, who is enshrined here. The Jinmei Shrine, also called the Great Shrine of Shiba (Shiba Dai Jingû), was one of Edo's most popular places for outings, and its popularity made it a favorite place as well for particularly brazen prostitutes who were parodied in poetry:
Jinmei wo                Even worshipping

Ogandeiru ni mo     At the Jinmei shrine—

Mosshimoshi          "Well hell-lo there"

Bibliography
See general mention in Shozaburo Watanabe, "Catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition of Hiroshige's Works on the 60th Anniversary of his Death," 1918, p. 27; cat. no. 115 describes the set, Eight Views of Shiba, Yedo. [See http://www.hiroshige.org.uk/hiroshige/watanabe/catalogue_103_133.htm, no. 115.] This print is entitled "Shimmei no yusho" or "Sunset at the Shimmei Shrine."

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Catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition of Hiroshige's Work Online version of Shozaburo Watanabe's book: Catalogue of the Memorial Exhibition of Hiroshige's Work on the 60th Anniversary of his Death, Tokyo: Ukiyoye Association, 1918. This work is listed under catalogue no. 115, Shinmei No Yusho, Sunset at Shinmei Shrine


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