Kasumigaseki (with kites), from the series Famous Places in Edo (Kôto meisho)
about 1839–42 (Tenpô 10–13)
Artist Utagawa Hiroshige I (Japanese, 1797–1858)
Sakai, Hiroshige Edo fûkei (1996), list #58.3, pl. 466; Ukiyo-e shûka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 247, horizontal ôban #11.05 (kites)
Horizontal ôban; 23.1 x 35.7 cm (9 1/8 x 14 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Title, publisher’s mark, and censor’s seal in right margin, cut off of this impression.
There are two versions of the Kasumigaseki design, both with the title spelled out completely in hiragana.
With kites in the background: 06.588, 11.17220, 21.8920, 54.393
With soap bubbles blown from a bubble pipe: 06.1088, 11.39256, 20.48, 21.8897, 21.8898
By 1911, purchased by William Sturgis Bigelow (b. 1850 - d. 1926), Boston [see note 1]; 1911, gift of Bigelow to the MFA. (Accession Date: August 3, 1911)
 Much of Bigelow's collection of Asian art was formed during his residence in Japan between 1882 and 1889, although he also made acquisitions in Europe and the United States. Bigelow deposited many of these objects at the MFA in 1890 before donating them to the Museum's collection at later dates.
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection