Asakusa ricefields and torinomachi festival By Andō, Hiroshige. Asakusa tanbo torinomachi mōde Print shows a cat sitting on a wall where the sliding panels have been opened, watching the festival procession in the rice paddies nearby, with view of Mount Fuji in the distance.
Born in Edo, Japan, Hiroshige’s family name was Tokitaro, but he adopted the name of his mentor as per the custom of the time. His first work was a sketch of a procession done at the age of ten, and earned him the title of a prodigy. In 1828, Hiroshige began his own studio, but eventually moved to Kyoto to produce landscapes. His prints became very popular and emulated upon his return to Edo.