Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, Tokyo (Edo) 1797–1858 Tokyo (Edo))
Period: Edo period (1615–1868)
Medium: Polychrome woodblock print; ink and color on paper
Dimensions: H. 14 1/16 in. (35.7 cm); W. 9 1/2 in. (24.1 cm)
Credit Line: The Howard Mansfield Collection, Purchase, Rogers Fund, 1936
Accession Number: JP2519
Kinryūsan Sensōji, the famous temple at Asakusa dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteshvara in Sanskrit), was the most popular venerable Buddhist temple in Edo.
In this print, snow white is complemented by the reds of the temple's buildings, the gate, the large lantern, and even the label signed "painted by Hiroshige" in the lower right corner. The auspicious color scheme of red and white here creates a celebratory mood.