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210122-0059-OS - Hakodate Ice Business


Hokkaido Meiji 1870s Utagawa Hiroshige III

Woodblock print of the ice business in Hakodate, Hokkaido.

The Hakodate ice business was developed in the early 1870s by the Tokyo merchant Kahei Nakagawa (中川嘉兵衛, 1817-1897). Until then, most ice in Japan was imported and known as “Boston Ice”.

Original title: Shipping ice from Hakodate, Hokkaido (北海道函館氷輸出之圖) 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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