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Mitsui Memorial Museum (三井記念美術館) – Part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s blog entry, the “Special Exhibition: Vision and Reminiscence of Edo – Masterpieces from the Takahashi Seiichiro Collection of Ukiyo-e Prints” was a lot of fun to stumble upon.

This next ukiyoe reminded me of another recent scene.

enoshima fujisawa

I didn’t take a photograph of Enoshima from the same angle drawn by Hiroshige in “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō,” but I did take one, below, on the bridge out to Enoshima (江ノ島).

enoshima stone

And I took one looking back, to where Hiroshige did his drawing 180 years before, from the shrine at the top of the stairs on Enoshima. Much has changed on the landscape with 180 years of development, but you can still feel the ukiyoe if you visit the area on something other than a weekend or holiday.

fujisawa enoshima kamakura bridge

Finally, there was another ukiyoe (浮世絵), below, that was very fresh in my mind. We crossed Nihonbashi (日本橋) in order to get to the Mitsui Memorial Museum just a half hour before.

hiroshige nihonbashi

It, too, has changed (and yet not changed) in the subsequent centuries–especially with the freeway being built right over the top.

nihonbashi nihon bashi bridge japan tokyo

But some things are still there, even if in a slightly different format…

nishikawa nihonbashi since 1566

How many other department stores have been in business for more than 450 years?

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