The Hotohoto Festival at the Great Shrine in Izumo Province
Very good impression and colors. Slight centerfold
The striking depiction of mist on the temple grounds of the Izumo Grand Shrine make this one of Hiroshige’s most magical prints. The women beneath the cryptomeria trees carry gifts for Hotohoto. Hotohoto, meaning a cry or knocking at the door, was a local new year’s celebration when people left gifts of straw decorations on their neighbour’s doorsteps in exchange for mochi (rice cakes). Izumo Shrine is the oldest shrine in Japan. According to legend Izumo Shrine (Izuma Taisha) was given to Okuninushi by the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu. Okuninushi is considered to be the guardian and saviour of Japan, a god of happiness and marriage.
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