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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
ten thousand years of turtle
This unexpected piece by Utagawa Hiroshige shows a piece of the railing of the Mannen (Ten Thousand Years) Bridge in the Fukagawa District, where turtles were sold as pets. The long-lived creatures are longevity symbols in Chinese and Japanese lore, and well-traveled bridges were ideal places for vendors to sell them (and other water creatures). I think this is a hopeful, lightly comic piece, opening one up to all the random good things life can bring, such as a turtle's brief hoist for a better view.