The prints of Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797–1858) convey a sense of timeless repose even as they capture fleeting seasonal changes. Hiroshige was born, lived, and died in Edo (renamed Tokyo in 1868), which by the eighteenth century had become the world’s largest city. But as a photograph taken today at any of the places shown in Hiroshige’s celebrated series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo would instantly reveal, these scenes were very much of a certain era—the mid-nineteenth century. The artist captured these views just a few years after United States naval commander Matthew Perry forced Japan to end two remarkable centuries of seclusion. This calendar’s twelve prints selected from the Hundred Famous Views are a valedictory portrait of a culture about to undergo a rapid transformation.
All of Pomegranate’s calendars are printed with soy-based inks on FSC® certified paper, which means the paper has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and manufactured by an FSC certified printer. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by ensuring that forestry practices are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically viable."
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