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Celebration of The Hotohoto Festival at Izumo Shrine


Item code : DUC266

Artist Hiroshige Ando
Subject Landscapes
Series Famous Views of Sixty Odd Provinces
Publisher Koshimuraya Heisuke
Format Oban (Vertical)
Size 24.3 x 36.1 (cm)
Date Edo (1615 - 1868)


Published in 1856.

This print depicts three beauties in the area close to Izumo Taisha, a Shinto shrine on Honshu Island, which is regarded as one of the oldest and most important Shinto shrines in Japan. It is believed that Shinto kami (divine spirits) leave their own shrines for a month in October of the lunar calendar and travel to Izumo Shrine to discuss the marriages, deaths and births of the upcoming year. People who celebrate this festival carry lit torches and offerings to light the way to the shrine and welcome divine spirits. Due to the story behind this festival, people around the Izumo area call October "the month with gods", whereas the rest of Japan calls it "the month without gods"; "kamiaritsuki" and "kannatsuki" respectively.

The depicted image is picturesque and atmospheric, showing an evening-time scene of trees and a torii gate fading into the dusk. The woodgrain of the cherrywood block used to make this print shows up beautifully in the greenery of the tree in the foreground. 


Condition : Excellent       Impression : Excellent
Several pinholes within the print. Several spots where paper has worn thin, along the border on the left as well as one spot within the print.