TICAD 7 in Yokohama
I’d like to express my gratitude for all visitors who attended for TICAD.
It was great experience for me to be the part of this conference and worked for world peace and prosperity. I am honored to be connected to female global leaders, especially Ms. Moungo Mooki from Botswana, with her, I promised to seek for the ideal shape of female leadership.
I’d like to express my gratitude young Japanese diplomats, working so hard for Next generation Japan. Many thanks for my African friends, who shared time with me.
Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River (Asakusagawa Shubi no matsu Oumayagashi),
Pine of Success and Oumayagashi, Asakusa River (Asakusagawa Shubi no matsu Oumayagashi), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
「名所江戸百景 浅草川首尾の松御厩河岸」 Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858), Publisher Uoya Eikichi (Japanese) 1856 (Ansei 3)
This painting depicted the famous Pine Tree, of "successful deal."
In edo era, Edokko (true Tokyoite, person born and raised in Edo) loved boating to enjoy cool air in the summer. Hiroshige depicted fun of boating. In addition, along Sumida river, there were famous pleasure districts, Yanagibashi and Yoshiwara.
You can see the many houses at the right side of the painting, that is Yanagibashi and you see some boats bought people ---- perhaps ---the boats were going to Yoshiwara and people slept together.
The pine tree, depicted in this painting, is the tree of a successful deal, (Shubi No Matsu), people wishes to have success deal, in Yoshiwara, i.e. successful sleeping? :):p
Additionally, Near here, There were many rice warehouses authorized by the government. "Kura" means warehouse. "Mae" means front, "Kuramae" front of warehouse.
Also, There was a stable for horses, In edo period, for land transportation, we used Horse, and therefore, there was a stable. There was/is Umayabashi (厩橋) - "Stable bridge".
You can see this bridge still today. (reconstructed)