A large group of young women inside a building surrounded by male servants. The women all wear various styles of kimono, though the predominant colors are red and green. The inside of the building is on the bottom floor with a set of steps leading up to a second floor, not depicted.
A print showing the inside of a brothel in Yoshiwara. The finely dressed courtesans are walking around while young attendants are busy with chores, such as one man blowing air into a furnace, as if the brothel is about to open. The clean state of the brothel implies that it caters to sophisticated and wealthy clients. This print is part of a series of five.
A group of 18 women inside a building wearing various kimono with the predominant colors being grey, red, black, and green. Some of the kimono also have orange coloring. The patterns and designs on the kimono vary from images of flowers to geometric designs. A rice paper door is seen in the background leading to a room at a slightly higher level and an image of a phoenix can be partially seen on the wall in the back and to the left. One of the women near the front is tying the string around a package while three other women near her are arranging small footed trays. One of the women in the forefront and to the left appears to be holding a cup or jar.
The image shows a group of courtesans and their servants and assistants in a brothel in Yoshiwara preparing to open. Female servants in the image wipe off dust from small footed trays while the courtesans walk about. The intricate wood details and the image of the phoenix in the back impy that this house caters to wealthy clients. This print is from a series of five.
A print of 15 women inside a building dressed in various kimono with the predominant colors being grey, red, black, and green. Some of the kimono also have orange coloring. The patterns and designs on the kimono vary from images of flowers to geometric designs. One male is kneeling towards the back and another man can be seen in the background leaving the room. Two women to the very back and left of the image appear to be adjusting their makeup. Three women to the front sit around a tea set (partially visable) and two women to their right are whispering to each other.
A print of a group of courtesans at a brothel in the Yoshiwara district. One male servant is seen in the back kneeling over something while another man, possibly another servant, can be seen exiting the room to the back. The movement of the servants and the image of the two courtesans adjusting their makeup implies that the house is preparing to open for business. The intricate design of the building's interior and the clean floors imply that this house catered to wealthy clients. This print is from a series of five.
In this print, sophisticated use of soft lines, rounded forms, dark sky, and subtle tones convey the utter silence and weariness of the figures as they trudge through the night-time snow near Kambara.
This print is said to be the best in the series, and among Hiroshige's finest work. The scene conveys a sense of silence, and weariness. The villagers hunch under the weight of their loads, the snow and cold, and the night sky.