Utagawa Kunisada

In this print as in The Full Set of Forty-Seven Loyal Retainers Shown in Retreat at the Ryōgoku Bridge (V/2035), the famous Ryōgoku Bridge in Edo serves as the central focus of the composition. Spanning over the 200 meter wide Sumida River,, um 1830

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Swathed in warm clothing, ten kabuki actors pass the Ryogoku Bridge, an architectural landmark in Edo, today's Tokyo. Although such depictions were extremely unrealistic, they sold well, as the depicted scene set in the heart of the capital gave the fans a certain proximity to their stars.

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