Utagawa Hiroshige 安藤 広重
Just before his death (1858), Hiroshige wrote:
I leave my brush in the East
And set forth on my journey.
I shall see the famous places in the Western Land.
(The “Western Land” refers to the strip of land by the Tokaido between Kyoto and Edo (now modern-day Tokyo). The reference also is a reference of the Paradise of the Amida Buddha.)
Hiroshige is buried in a Zen Buddhist temple in Asakusa and is celebrated as the last great master of the Ukiyo-e tradition. He is best known for his landscapes, such as the series The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido and The Sixty-nine Stations of the Kiso Kaido; and for his depictions of birds and flowers.
Holly Huey – St. John’s College student
Photo credit: Memorial portrait of Hiroshige by Kunisada