Sensoji: 235 Years


During the summer of 2015, I visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts when it hosted a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit celebrating the work of Katsushika Hokusai, who is most famous for his woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji. Three prints attracted my attention, all of which are from the 1780s. Each of them were of the Sensoji temple grounds and I recognized them immediately since I had visited Sensoji during both of my trips to Japan in 2011 and 2014.  I thought it would be interesting to juxtapose his prints with the pictures I took to show how the temple grounds and Japan have changed over the course of 235 years.

 

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The Gate of the Guardian Kings at Kinryûzan Temple. 1780s.

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The Precincts of the Kinryûzan Temple of Kannon at Asakusa (Asakusa Kinryûzan Kanzeon keidai no zu). 1780s.

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