Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige II (二代目歌川広重)

Print: Hashiba Ferry in Snow (Hashiba setchū - 橋場雪中) from the series The Pride of Edo (江戸自慢): Thirty-six Scenes (Edo jiman sanjū rokkei - 三十六興)

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Dates: 1864,created
Dimensions: 9.5 in,14.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: Japanese woodblock print

Signatures: Kiō Toyokuni ga
(old man Toyokuni drew this picture - 喜翁豊国画)
Hiroshige hitsu (廣重筆)
Publisher: Hiranoya Shinzō (Marks 114 - seal 25-535)
Blockcutter: Ōta Komakichi
Combined date and censor seal: 7/1864 and aratame

Related links: Museum of Fine Art, Boston; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Tokyo Metropolitan Library; Chazen Museum of Art; National Diet Library; Google maps - the Hashiba area of modern Tokyo; Adachi Museum of Art; Lyon Collection - compare this 1864 print to only solely by Kunisada in the 1840s;Royal Ontario Museum; Yale University Art Gallery;

Physical description:

This print is a cooperative effort between Hiroshige II and Toyokuni III, in the year before he died. It shows a boatman ferrying two women across a river near the Asakusa district in winter.

Why are the women crossing the river? Are they returning from the Mimeguri shrine area on the eastern side of the river? Are they going to the Jizō shrine to pray for the birth of a child, a print memorialized in an 1833 print by Kuniyoshi?

If that building is on the Asakusa side then it is not far from the roof tile kilns made famous in a print by Hiroshige I in 1858 in his series '100 Famous Vies of Edo.'


There are at least two prints in the Lyon Collection published by Hiranoya Shinzō. See also #748.


There is another copy of this print in the Adachi Ward Museum (足立 区立郷土博物館所蔵) in Tokyo.