Hiroshige’s sly sense of humor turns this hanami topsy-turvy.

What his title Cherry Blossom Viewing at Gotenyama does not suggest tis that hanami is a drunken brawl. Well into the afternoon, some of the men are fist fighting and providing spectacle for of nearby picnickers.

Sedat and leisurely. Ando (aka Utagawa) Hiroshige. Viewing Cherry Blossoms at Gotenyama (1832-34). Woodblock. In Famous Views of the Eastern Capital

*Gotenyama, a park overlooking the harbor of Edo, since renamed Tokyo.

Featured Image: Ando (aka Utagawa) Hiroshige. Amusements at Gotenyama (1832-34). Woodblock. In Famous Views of the Eastern Capital