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Tōkyō fuka meisho zu: Shimbashi Suteishon

Title: Famous Views of the Metropolitan Tokyo: Shimbashi Station
Artist: Hiroshige III (1842-1894)
Format: Woodblock print
Medium: Ink and color on paper
Dimensions: 35.8 x24.2 cm (14 1/16 x9 1/2 in.)
Source: Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Shimbashi Station became the urban terminal for the Yokohama-Tokyo railway line, and the Meiji Emperor himself rode the train to celebrate completion of the project. In this view of a locomotive approaching the station, the stone building designed by an American architect seems handsome and imposing, a symbol of Japan's modernity. In the foreground are telegraph lines, whose installment began in 1869. [Adapted from Ann Yonemura, Yokohama: Prints from Nineteenth-Century Japan]

Visualizing Cultures image number: Y0185

Keywords: Shimbashi Station, train, telegraph

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