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190103-0036-PP - Kawasaki Ferry Crossing


Kanagawa Meiji 1870s Felice Beato

Kawasaki Rokugo no Watashi (川崎六郷の渡し), the ferry across the Rokugogawa River (六郷川), as the Tamagawa River (多摩川 is known near its mouth, at Kawasaki (川崎) in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The rickshaw on the ferry conveniently dates this image to after 1869 (Meiji 2) when it was invented. In 1874 (Meiji 7), a bridge was constructed here, dating this image to between those two dates.

Rokugo used to be the busiest river crossing on the route between Kyoto and Edo (current Tokyo). It had no less than eight ferryboats to transport the many travelers that crossed the river here.

During the Edo Period (1603–1868), daimyo lords were forced by the shogunate to spend alternate years in Edo and their own place. This system was known as Sankin-kotai.

The daimyo processions were so large that boats had to be brought in from the surrounding villages whenever one crossed here.

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