Full Moon in Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e

2nd September, 2022(Fri)~12th October, 2022(Wed)

Seasonal Recommendations

Utagawa Hiroshige "Night at Saruwakacho"
Unframed print 13,000yen

This is one of prints from Hiroshige's successful series, "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo". It is a very unique piece of the series and depicts the street view of Saruwaka-cho area where it is famous for many theaters and their related stores or restaurants. Hiroshige boldly used the perspective effect from front to back in the impressive night scene with a full moon. This print shows that Hiroshige learned western expressions such as that of people's shadows under the moon. Interestingly it likely seems that Van Gogh copied the composition of this print into his work of "Cafe Terrace at Night". So Hiroshige learned from the West and Van Gogh learned from the East! The subtle cloud over the lower part of the moon is printed with the technique of "Atenashi bokashi - random gradation-" which is totally printer's improvisation. (This specific part of gradation only appeared in the early edition. ) Hiroshige often added people and living creatures with cute and comical facial expressions which gives warmth to his pieces. >> Details

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  • Hiroshige learned the expression of moonlight shadow from the western arts.

    Hiroshige learned the expression of moonlight shadow from the western arts.

  • The sign in the front is for Morita Theater which is one of three major theaters in Edo. All these three theaters are in Saruwaka-cho. 。

    The sign in the front is for "Morita Theater" which is one of three major theaters in Edo. All these three theaters are in Saruwaka-cho.

  • Hiroshige used one-point perspective to express a narrow and continuous street.

    Hiroshige used "one-point perspective" to express a narrow and continuous street.

  •  Each work of One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo has uniquely designed background.

    Each work of "One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo" has uniquely designed background.

Points of interest



Thin cloud shading in the lower part of the moon is a 'random' addition by the printer, which is printed with the special technique called, "Atenashi bokashi". The form or location of such insertions out of the printer's freak are various. The shading is omitted in later prints although it must be added with Hiroshige's intention. The ukiyo-e repriductions by the Adachi Institute are produced based on the early editions.




"Atenashi bokashi -random gradation-" printing technique is also used for other Hiroshige's work, "Ishiyama by the Lake Biwa in Omi Province". The thin shade of the cloud is not actually carved on the woodblock. It is printed by printer's random bokashi gradation technique which requires advanced printing skill.

Other seasonal Ukiyo-e

Related ProductsThese products are recommended for displaying different works to match the season.

Adachi original frames for Oban (large-size) format

Adachi original frames
for Oban (large-size) format

The wooden frames are combined with durable UV-resistant acrylic sheets instead of glass. The frames can be used horizontally or vertically to match the Ukiyo-e displayed.

Frame stands

Frame stands

Frame stands are recommended for displaying works on a surface rather than hang it on walls. The stands can be disassembled for easy storage.