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210122-0013-OS - Soy Sauce Production


Chiba Meiji 1870s Utagawa Hiroshige III

Woodblock print illustrating soy sauce production in Shimosa Province, an area now in Chiba and Ibaraki Prefectures.

Original title: Producing soy sauce in Shimosa Province (下總國醤油製造之圖, Shimosakuni Shoyu Seizo no Zu) from the series Products of Greater Japan (大日本物産圖會, Dai Nippon Bussan Zue) by Utagawa Hiroshige III (三代目 歌川広重, 1842?-1894). Published in Tokyo by Okura Magobei (大倉孫兵衛) in 1877 (Meiji 10).

The series was published just before the opening of the First National Industrial Exposition (第1回内国勧業博覧会) in Tokyo’s Ueno Park on August 21, 1877.

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