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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:A Young Woman of the Shitamachi: The remains of the emotions of Edo, from "100 Views of Tokyo"
Date Made:1928-05-03
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:sheet: 14 x 11"; Image: 13 x 9.875
Accession Number:  AC 2014.46
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
This photograph was included in "One Hundred Views of Tokyo," Kageyama’s graduation project from Tokyo Industrial High School. A woman, dressed in an elegant striped kimono and holding a traditional umbrella, is skillfully juxtaposed with the dramatically cropped steel pylons of Mannen Bridge, which spans one of the canals in the Fukakawa district to the east of the Sumida River. Kageyama wrote of this image:

In the rain that gently falls along the edge of the great river, holding an elegant umbrella with a bull’s-eye design, and wearing lacquered geta, the partially visible young woman of the Low City whose destination is unknown leaves behind her the sound of mincing steps, “kara koro koro.”

Through both picture and text Kageyama conveys a world in transition between old and new—a modern industrial city in which traditional ways of life seem increasingly out of place.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

women; figures; bridges; urban; umbrellas; rain; kimonos; fashion

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