Kyoto "Sanjo Ohashi Bridge"

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The Tokaido Highway finally reaches Kyoto. The print calls it "Keishi," which was the name for Kyoto in olden times. The Tokaido Highway, which started at Nihonbashi in Edo (now Tokyo), ended at Sanjo Ohashi Bridge in Kyoto, covering a distance of 124.5 ri (about 489 km). A traveler who has just arrived in Kyoto from afar is shown looking down at the Kamo River from the bridge. The print also depicts silk robe-wearing noblewomen and a courtesan and her manservant who shields her from the sun with a parasol. The scene is reminiscent of the ways of life in the ancient capital of Japan. In the background are the 36 peaks of Higashiyama below which lies the town of Kyoto.