Antique print dated 1895.
The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a
gold frame, your choice. RtW.187.
Entitled – Osaka. The Yebisu Bashi.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Osaka. – This is the chief place for native trade, and is also a large Treaty Port, opened in 1868; it has a population of 473,541.
Osaka is situated on 13 canals, with 850 short bridges, at the head of a bay in the Inland Sea.
Here was erected, in 1870, the first stone building in the country – the new Mint, 230ft. long.
Osaka is reached from Kioto in an hour and a half by the Tokaido Railway, and is a wealthy commercial city, situated at the mouth of the Yodogawa – the river draining Lake Biwa; it covers an area of nearly eight square miles.
The Yodogawa is here divided into two nearly equal courses by the Island of Nakanoshima.
Our illustration depicts a scene on the Yebisu Bashi, one of the numerous bridges of Osaka.
The scene on the river on a summer’s evening is of the gayest and prettiest description.
Hundreds of boats float lazily on the water, filled with citizens who resort thither to enjoy the cool river breezes, while itinerant musicians and vendors of refreshments and fireworks do a thriving business among the merry throng of gentle Japs.
The principal street of Osaka is the Shinai-bashi-suji; here one may see fine shops and theatres and crowds of gaily dressed people, for this thoroughfare is one of the busiest and most interesting in all Japan.
In summer the street resembles an enormous Oriental bazaar, curtains being stretched across to exclude the sun.
Crossing the river by the Tenjin-bashi, and proceeding south for about a mile, the traveller will come to the Temple of Kozu-no miya, on the hill to the left.
This temple is embowered in peonies and chrysanthemums at the end of April, and commands an asonishingly beautiful view of the city, towards the Straits of Akashi.
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