39  Chiryu "Horse Fair in Early Summer"


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The name Chiryu (meaning a pond with carp and crucian carp) is said to have been derived from the fact that there were many koi (carp) and funa (crucian carp) in the pond of a Shinto shrine at the outskirts of this post town. Chiryu was famous for its horse fair, which was actually held in spring instead of early summer as stated in the title of this picture. The title probably was a product of Hiroshige's imagination. Horses are tethered in a large green field. One can almost hear the hum of the voices of horse owners and horse dealers carried on the wind from the auction taking place under a lone pine tree.




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