26  Kakegawa "Distant View of Mount Akiba"

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This is a distant view of Mount Akiba, known as a guardian against fire, seen from an earthen bridge on the outskirts of the post town of Kakegawa. Portrayed in this work are farmers busy at work in the rice paddies in the heat of early afternoon, an elderly couple who bow deeply to a Buddhist priest whom they meet on the bridge, and a child who gazes ruefully after a kite that has blown away after its string snapped. Mount Akiba soars high into the sky as the kite flies toward it. The all-night lights in the foreground are shrine lanterns that are placed at frequent intervals along the Akiba Road.