HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

The Hotohoto Festival at the Great Shrine in Izumo Province
Signed: Hiroshige ga
Series: Views of the 60 Odd Provinces
Publisher: Koshihei
c 1853

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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