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Capturing the Evening Atmosphere
Shinsui’s print exudes an atmosphere of wetness, through the saturated ink laid down on the paper and in the sensed dampness of the air as evening comes on. In Hiroshige’s print, clarity and brightness give one the feeling of crisp, cool air as the moon illuminates the three travelers and their surroundings. In both works, there is a vast array of shades of blue and inky charcoal tending to black.
The long-nosed goblin (called tengu in Japanese) mask indicates that the figures are making a pilgrimage to the Konpira Temple in Shikoku.