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.
*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