Far below the boughs of auburn leaves, boats make their way down the Tatsuta River. On the left bank, Hiroshige’s raised viewpoint reduces the houses to small roofs beneath the groves of maple and pine. Known for its brilliant fall foliage, the area around Horyu Temple was famous spot for maple leaf viewing (momijigari). This seasonal practice remains popular in Japan today, attracting domestic and international tourists alike. Today, the former Yamato Province is part of modern Nara Prefecture.