HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Monkey Bridge in Kai Province
Signed: Hiroshige ga
Series: Views of the 60 Odd Provinces
Publisher: Koshihei
c 1853

Very good impression and colors. Slioght centerfold


Saruhashi, or the Monkey Bridge, spans the Katsura River.  Hiroshige is known to have visited this spot around 1841.  He wrote in his diary:  “...the stream of Katsuragawa was pure and clean.  The view changed every ten and twenty steps. The charm of the view is inexpressible, beyond brush's tempt.”  The bridge still exists as do the maple trees so vividly depicted here in their fall colours, though the area is more developed today and the river waters reduced by a dam.  The current bridge looks like the one Hiroshige saw, but it was restored in 1884 with hidden steel beams for extra strength.  This is one of Japan's "three strange bridges", remarkable for their unique construction. 

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