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Tohto Koumyou Kaiseki-zukushi

東都高名會席盡 Series:
Full of Famous Restaurants in Edo
All of the all well-reputed Kaiseki-restaurants in the east metropolis

ANDO (UTAGAWA) Hiroshige
(Background sceneries and restaurants)
  Restaurant: Matsu-no-sushi (Place: Heizaemon-cho, Edo)
Heroine: (Ms.) Osato (Kabuki Play: Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura)


A hand scripting of the name 'Matsu-no-sushi,' the very first sushi shop that served nigiri-zushi in Tokyo, and some sushi boxes with serving plates are shown in the left sectorial window.
Heroine Miss Osato is the daughter of Yasuke, owner of sushi shop, Tsurube-zushi at Yoshino, Nara.
Kabuki title: Yoshitsune Senbon-zakura ([Link: Story] premiered in 1747 by 'Bunraku' puppet play), Scene 3: Sushi Shop ('Sushi-ya no dan' - [Link: CD Japanese, 1969 recording]). This scene is so famous that 'yasuke' meant sushi itself in Osaka area in those days.

Restaurant: En-en tei (Place: Sanya-Tanaka [a.k.a. Shin (new)- Yoshiwara),] Edo)
Hero: NAGOYA, Sanza (Kabuki Play: 'Fuwa,' or also 'Saya-ate')

En-en tei (click to enlarge)

Tuna, gizzard shad, mackerel, young sea bream and some other nigiri-zushi are seen in a sushi tub. The size of sushi was so big comparing to todays.
Swallow is linked to the name of restaurant 'En-en tei' (swallow - swallow restaurant) and his well known must-have costume designed with soaring swallows in rain fall (swallows might be seen in his bottom.)
Kabuki title: 'Fuwa' and/or 'Ukiyo-zuka Hiyoku-no-inazuma' (a.k.a. 'Saya-ate'), 1823.

An ukiyoe series of 50 works featuring pairs of associative famous restaurants and Kabuki actors of Edo. Drawn by the two biggest artists of the times, the pairing was intended to build up each other within one art work.
Published by: Fujikei Printing House, in 1852-53 (Kaei 5-6)
Toyokuni (1786-1864)
Ukiyoe artist, distinguished in Kabuki actors portraits
Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Ukiyoe artist, famous for landscapes, 'Tokaido 53 Relays'


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Title: Sushi in Fukumoto and Shijaku-wage Hair Style
Series: Naniwa-jiman Meibutsu-zukushi (full of boastful Osaka specialities),
          from the Imayou Bijin-zoroi (collection of hot beauties)
Speciality: Fukumoto-zushi
Artist: HASEGAWA Sadanobu
Memo: In Osaka (called 'Naniwa' previously,) Fukumoto-zushi was very famous for their 'kokera-zushi' of omelet, abalone and sea bream, etc. which were pressed in a wooden frame and made into a cake-like shape as 'hako-zushi' (box-sushi), and cut into small pieces when it was served.
Fukumoto-zushiFukumoto-zushi (part)

Title: Shima-zoroi On'na-benkei (Matsuno-zushi)
Artist: UTAGAWA Yoshikuni
Memo: A sushi wooden box is labeled with Matsuno-zushi, and mackerel-sushi, thick roll, and tuna sushi are piled up on a small plate.  Matsuno-zushi was very famous sushi shop and said to be one of the originators of 'nigiri-zushi', as well as Yohei-zushi.
Matsuno-sushiMatsuno-sushi (part)

Title: Atake Matsuga-zushi
Artist: UTAGAWA Toyokuni III
Memo: Matsu-no-zushi (Matsu-ga-zushi) was located at Atake, Fukagawa area of Edo, and it was usually called after the shop proprietor's name 'Matsugoro,' though the actual name was Isago-zushi.  In the picture, seven letters can be read from the right to left, 'A-Ta-Ke-Ma-Tsu'-Hon-Ten (H.Q.) on the horizontal shop curtain.  The most left woman is holding a sushi tub with a pack of ginger on it, in which pressed mackerel sushi is filled supposedly cause it was shop's specialty and very expensive, for a gift or on an errand.  Matsuno-zushi was very famous sushi shop and said to be one of the originators of 'nigiri-zushi', as well asYohei-zushi.
Atake Matsuga-zushi

House mark of Matsu-sushi House mark of Isago-sushi, a.k.a. Matsuga-zushi
The house mark of Isago-sushi (いさごすし),
whose alias name was well known as 'Matsu-zushi' or 'Matsu-ga-zushi.'
At Ofuna-kura-cho, Fukagawa.

Title: Tohto Meisho Takanawa Nijyuu-rokuya-machi Yuukyou-no-zu
     (Feast in Waiting for the Moon at Takanawa, Edo on the Twenty-sixth Night)
Series: Famous Places in Edo
Artist: ANDO (UTAGAWA) Hiroshige
Memo: A sushi stand shop is illustrated on the right panel of the three-folded pictures, with many other stands like grilled squids, tempura, 2-8 soba - buckwheat noodles, dumplings, etc.  The sushi stand is displaying nigiri-zushi of saba (mackerel, in blue colored) and other fish/sushi on wooden flamed plates.  On the evening of 26th July, people are waiting for the rise of the crescent moon at Takanawa, where very famous for this festival.
(Size: 36.8 x 76.6 cm)

Takanawa 1 Takanawa 2
Takanawa (part)
(Close up)
A typical sushi stand in the Edo era.
Big 'Su-shi' characters are displayed on the screen.

Title: Mitate-Genji Hana-no-En (part)
Artist: UTAGAWA Toyokuni III
Printed: 1855
Memo: Inspired from the story of Genji-Monogatari, and it draws a scene of feast held under cherry blossoms in the spring. Pieces of nigiri sushi and datemaki-rolls (omelet roll cooked with egg and fish paste mix) are dished up in a small wooden sushi tub/pail (sushi bandai) placed on the floor.

Mitate-Genji (part)   Sushi pail (close up)

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