Japanese Print Description
Minowa, Kanasuge, Mikawa jima
Series: (Edo Meisho Hyakkei) 100 Famous Views of Edo
Oban Tate-e. Some fading and slight soiling.
Cranes, a migratory bird, used to come to the fields around Minowa between October and March. With the aim of protecting the birds, the shogun ordered that fences be put up and the birds be fed. The birds would leave the area between 6PM and 6AM. Commoners were not allowed in the area when the birds were there and guards were posted to make sure the cranes would not be disturbed by people or dogs. With all of the protection, the hunting was very good, and the nobility would come to Minowa with the shogun periodically to hunt one or two of the cranes (with falcons).