The Kidai Shōran Scroll
Tokyo Street Life in the Edo Period
Ozawa Hiromu and Kobayashi Tadashi
Translated by Juliet Winters Carpenter
Published Titles / Art & Design
Published by JPIC | 978-4-86658-132-3 (Hardcover) | 108 pages, full color | 221mm (h) x 300mm (w) | 2020
About the Book
The Kidai Shōran is a magnificent painted Japanese scroll, an artistic rendering of one of the most iconic streets of Edo (as Tokyo was then called) at the beginning of the nineteenth century. It covers five blocks of the main shopping thoroughfare leading south from the Imagawa Bridge to the bridge at Nihonbashi. Though it is believed to have been painted by a well-known artist, its provenance is shrouded in mystery. But over its more than 12-meter length, the artist has given us an almost cinematic look at urban life during the Edo period. More than 1,600 people are depicted here, coming from every walk of society, from samurai to student, hairdressers, minstrels, and geisha. Their activities are portrayed in rich and loving detail: here a young pilgrim receives alms, there a blind masseur rushes to his next appointment, on the other side of the street, a construction crew raises the framing that will become a new shop.
In this fascinating book, the authors bring these details to life with expert commentary and knowledgeable analysis of the times when the scroll was created.
Making an appearance in the scroll are:
• 88 Shops
• 32 Children
• 4 Oxen
• 1,439 Men
• 20 Dogs
• 2 Falcons
• 200 Women
• 13 Horses
• 1 Monkey
About the Author
Ozawa Hiromu received his graduate degree in literature from Meiji University. He is a professor of Japanese and Japanese Culture at Chofu Gakuen Junior College, and an honorary researcher at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, focusing on Japanese culture and Japanese art history. He is the author of a number of books, including Toshizu no Keifu to Edo (Yoshikawa Kōbunkan, 2002).
Kobayashi Tadashi received his graduate degree in art history from the University of Tokyo. He was formerly a professor, faculty of literature, at Gakushuin University, and is now chief curator at the Chiba Art Museum. His research subjects are centered around Japanese art history. He is the author of several books, including Utamaro: Portraits from the Floating World (Kodansha USA, 2001).
Original Japanese Edition / 原書情報
小澤 弘 (著)、小林 忠 (著)