From the Famous Places of Edo series. One of the most well known 19th century ukiyo-e artists, famous for his landscape views, particularly his images of the Tokaido. Kasumnigaseki Street was part of the quarter inhabited by Samurai and retainers. During almost the entire Edo period, Samurai, no longer needed to wage wars sought official posts in and around Edo. Their large numbers, relative economic independence, and surfeit of time made the pleasure quarters of Edo a bustling, dynamic center of Kabuki theater, brothels, and teahouses.
In the upper rectangle: Kinoeneya Restaurant at Mukojima-mazaki. In the main section: Koshiro in the role of Soroku in the play Go-taiheiki Shiroishi-banashi Woodblock print in ink and colors on paper. Vertical ōban size. Signatures: Toyokuni ga, Hiroshige Publisher: Fujiokaya Keijiro These prints have a landscape and still-life by Hiroshige above, and below is an actor in a stage role by Kunisada.