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While heralded as the “poet of travel,” perhaps Hiroshige’s most intimate urban portraits are those of his hometown. In One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (1856-1858), Hiroshige captures the spirit of the capital in its dynamic splendor. Between natural beauty and urban landscape, changing seasons and local celebrations, Hiroshige creates a veritable microcosm of edokko life with each ukiyo-e print. As he brings to life summer festivals, local folklore, and natural cycles, the series reads as a love letter to Japan’s 19th century cultural capital.