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Gate of the Shimbara / Utagawa Hiroshige
京都名所之内 嶋原出口之柳 きょうとめいしょのうち しまばらでぐちのやなぎ 
歌川広重 1797–1858



Good afternoon!
From today, I'd like to feature Hiroshige's Kyoto famous touristic destination series.
Although Hiroshige (
安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October 1858)  inspired European Impressionists including Manet, Monet and Gogh, as well as Hokusai.
This Great master -
is very famous today, however he was poor when you was alive -and additinally, it is said he died of Cholera.

I wish he would be incarnated and enjoy a good life, being rewarded for his past achievements. (lol) 


Memorial                                  Portrait of Hiroshige, by Kunisada.jpg
Hiroshige (安藤 広重; 1797 – 12 October 1858)

島原大門, Shimabara gate

What is Shimabara

Shimabara (嶋原) was an authorized pleasure district of Kyoto.
The district was surrounded by a mud wall of 1.8m and moat of 2.7m and initially, it had only one gate at east side of the district.
In 1732, another exit was created at the west side as well. Each gate has each Gate (門) and Bansho (番所), a facility in which guards were stationed for security and surveillance.

Popular destinations near Shimabara

Popular tourist destinations near Shimabara Gate, Nijo castle, Kyoto residence of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogun of the Edo Period (1603-1867) and Mibu dera temple, 1029 years old, grand head temple of the Ritsu Sect and famous for a garrison of "Shinsengumi" 新選組" - special police force organized by the Bakufu (military government) during Japan's Bakumatsu period (late Tokugawa shogunate) in 1863, as well as Mibu Kyogen Performance. Nishi Honganji, one of two head temples of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism is near Shimabara gate.

Oiran -
high-ranking courtesans


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Hiromi Nishiwaki

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