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Kinryuzan Sensoji Temple

Size: 21.5cm by 14.5cm (8.46 in by 5.71 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [M] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Recent | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 7,000$ 50.00£ 39.25€ 46.50

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Description: This is an unusual item in our Flea Market catalogue - a freshly made print, but not by us here at Mokuhankan. One of the traditional printers living and working in Tokyo for many years, Mr. Tsutomu Mitamura, has decided to try his hand at issuing some print reproductions himself.

This is a snow scene of the main gate and the five-storied pagoda of the famed Sensoji Temple seen from Kaminarimon Gate in Asakusa. It is one of the masterpieces in the set "Hundred Famous Views of Edo".

The temple building and the pagoda in red and green set off the snow scenery. The blank printing of the snow intensified the sense of snow depths. Hiroshige depicted in another print the temple and a row of visitors carrying umbrellas in snow in the compound. The temple commonly called the Kannon Temple of Asakusa is dedicated to Kannon or the Goddess of Mercy.

Records say the temple was first built in 628 by three government officials who found a tiny Kannon image about 5.5 centimeters in height in their nets while fishing in Sumida River. The building was reduced to ashes times in 1378, 1535, 1631 …… and 1945, and reconstructed in 1958. Kaminarimon Gate and the main temple gate were rebuilt in 1960 and 1964, respectively.

(Note the dimensions - this is a reproduction at smaller scale than the famous original version)

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