Pottery vendors

Kidai Shoran (detail) © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Museum für Asiatische Kunst (Asian Art Museum, National Museums in Berlin), former collection of Hans-Joachim and Inge Küster, gift of Manfred Bohms 2002, photography: Tadao Kodaira

Lined up in front of the storefronts are tableware, such as rice bowls and donburi bowls, as well as items for the popular pastimes of tea and gardening. During the later Edo period (1603–1867), large amounts of pottery produced in Seto (Aichi prefecture) were sent to the Edo. It was brought right into the heart of the city on large ships, then transferred to smaller riverboats and unloaded at pottery wholesalers in the vicinity of Imagawabashi Bridge.