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The Urami Waterfall in Niko, 1853

The Urami Waterfall in Niko, Picture of Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces, August, 1853, by Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797 - 1858), Woodblock print; Ink and colors on paper, Gift of Japanese Prints from the Collection of Emmeline Johnson. Donated by Oliver and Elizabeth Johnson, 1994.48. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

The Urami Waterfall in Niko, Picture of Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces, August, 1853, by Ando Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797 - 1858), Woodblock print; Ink and colors on paper, Gift of Japanese Prints from the Collection of Emmeline Johnson. Donated by Oliver and Elizabeth Johnson, 1994.48. Photograph © Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.

The Urami waterfall is in Nikko in Shimo-zuke province (present-day Tochigi prefecture). The waterfall depicted here once cascaded so far out that travelers on a mountain path below could view the falls from behind (urami), hence its name. It had long been a famous site.
 

Some time after this print was made, strong wind and rain caused the rocks to fall. The waterfall no longer juts out, and its former state is now known only through prints and paintings. Hiroshige's image of it is considered the best.

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