04  Hodogaya "The Shinmachi Bridge"

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Depicted here is Shinmachi Bridge at the entrance to Shinmachi and the post town of Hodogaya. A somewhat rustic atmosphere prevails, with thatched houses standing close together. A Buddhist monk wearing a deep straw hat, a samurai warrior riding in a palanquin and his attendants, a group of men wearing sedge hats and navy blue raincoats, two women standing outside a soba noodle shop and farmers working in a distant paddy at left ? all these people lend a feeling of movement to this landscape.