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Maker(s):Oda Kazuma
Culture:Japanese (1882–1956)
Title:No. 4: Sukiyagashi [Dai yon zu sukiya kawagishi], from the series "Ginza Picture Book No. 2" [Gashū ginza dai ni shū]
Date Made:1929
Materials:lithograph on paper
Measurements:Sheet: 7 7/8 in x 11 5/8 in; 20 cm x 29.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  15/20; Kazuma Oda; 1929
Accession Number:  AC 2012.312.4
Credit Line:Purchase with William W. Collins (Class of 1953) Print Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
edition: 15/20

The Sukiyagashi (or “Sukiya Embankment”) and its environs appear in several meisho (famous sites) series by the landscape artists of the Edo period, most notably those by Ando Hiroshige and his followers, including Hiroshige II and Hirokage. This image shows the almost-magical effect of electric lights on nighttime Tokyo, as well as the numerous modes of transportation that coexisted as the city transformed from a waterfront town full of canals into an urban metropolis crisscrossed with roads and railways. In this image, Oda exploits the artistic medium of lithography and its tonal range, which proved especially suitable for effects of light and fog.

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