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Amusements at the Dry Riverbed, Shijo


Title Amusements at the Dry Riverbed, Shijo
Quantity Pair of six-fold screens
Medium Printed, gold on washi paper
Date 2022
Size Each screen H103.9 x W289.2 cm
Production "Tsuzuri Project" (Official Title: Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project)

Original Work

Collection Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Medium Ink, color, and gold on washi paper
Date Edo period, 17th century


With the opening of the Tokugawa shogunate in the 17th century, the center of politics shifted from Kyoto to Edo, but Kyoto remained a center of culture where various performing arts flourished. This work depicts the scenery of Shijogawara, Kyoto's downtown area, with the Kamo River at its center, where many people still come and go. Along Shijo Street, which crosses the center of the screens, temporary playhouses and freak shows stand side by side. The bustling life of the time is vividly depicted: on the upper side, female and young male kabuki, puppet theater, and sumo wrestling; on the lower side, rare animals such as tigers and porcupines, and dog acrobatics. Several works similar to this one depicting Shijogawara are surviving in Japan and abroad, but this one is known as the most detailed of them all. -Cited from"Tsuzuri Project" Official Website