Minowa, Kanasugi and Mikawashima villages form the title of this ukiyo-e woodcut but they are just a backdrop to the magnificent red-crowned cranes that swoop and strut in the foreground. This image is from his famous series “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo”.
The crane in Japanese and Asian culture is a symbol of happiness and eternal youth, due to their lifespan in mythology of one thousand years. Often chosen as a symbol for martial arts dojos, they evoke elegance and good fortune. To have a thousand origami paper cranes is supposed to grant the person who possesses them a wish come true.
Ando Hiroshige is one of the most famous proponents of the Ukiyo-e style of woodcut prints. Search for books related to Hiroshige’s work here (an affiliate link).
Artist: Hiroshige Ando
Original Type: Ukiyo-e woodcut
Canvas: 8×12 to 30×40 inch sizing, wrapped canvas