New Year’s Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Öji

New Year’s Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Öji

Object Title:

New Year’s Eve Foxfires at the Changing Tree, Öji

Series Title:

One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (series number: 118)

Date:

1857

Artist:

Utagawa Hiroshige

Carver:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Printer:

Unknown (Japanese Art)

Publisher:

Uoya ( Totoya, Sakanaya ) Eikichi < Uoei > Odaya

Medium:

Color woodlbock print Technique: Nishiki-e (Woodblock print with color blocks)

Credit Line:

Gift of James A. Michener, 1991 (22816)

Object Number:

22816

Seals:

魚屋栄吉 <魚栄>小田屋幕末

Other Title:

Kana: おうじ しおうぞく えのき おうみそか の きつねび Kanji : 王子装束えの木大晦日の狐火 Series Kanji : 名所江戸百景

Description:

The Oji Inari Shintö Shrine is located in northern Tokyo. All of the Inari Shintö shrines are sacred places for the deity Ukanomitama, believed to bless farmers with abundant crops. Two stone fox figures are placed on either side of the shrine's main gate. Foxes are thought to be the messengers of Ukanomitama. A well-known legend about this shrine is that on New Year's Eve foxes put on formal costumes under a nettle tree and then gather at the shrine, where Ukanomitama offers them promotions in rank according to their yearly accomplishments. This print is Hiroshige's visualization of this legend, in which he evokes a serene and mystical mood. (from Good News from Hiroshige exhibition 10/9/2008-)