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Night Rain on Akabane
Night Rain on Akabane from the series "Eight Views of the Shiba District in the Capital City"
Edo Period (1600-1868)
9 13/16 x 14 1/4 in. (24.9 x 36.2 cm)
(Edo, 1797 - 1858, Edo)
Full Title:Night Rain on Akabane from the series "Eight Views of the Shiba District in the Capital City"
Medium and Support:
Gift of Dr. James B. Austin
Location: Not currently on view
"Night Rain on the Xiao and Xiang" becomes "Night Rain on Akabane." The white cartouche at the approach to the bridge carries the seal and name of Echizen-ya Heisaburô, publisher of the series, with the round official "approved" (aratame) seal of the government censor. In the upper left corner are Hiroshige's signature and seal and the seal of the publisher Izumi-ya Ichibei.
In the lower left corner is Akabane Bridge across the Meguro River (now little more than a small canal under a superhighway). We are looking south across the river at the outer military barracks of the mansion of the Arima of Kurume, low white buildings set with red gates and roofed with blue tiles. Since 1688 the samurai Arima family was charged with fire prevention at the important Zôjôji temple nearby that is now behind the viewer (see "Evening Bell at Mt. San'en," 87.34.5), and on a hill behind the compound looms their fire-watch tower (hinomi yagura)—these tall watch-towers were among the most familiar sights in the combustible city of Edo.