Goten-yama-hill, Shinagawa on the Tōkaidō
is a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai, part of the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
series, of which The Great Wave off Kanagawa
is the most famous.
Shinagawa is along the Tōkaidō
(East Sea Road), the most important road in Japan, connecting Edo (feudal era Tokyo) to Kyoto. Located south of Edo, overlooking Shinagawa Bay, the area was strewn with brothels, where courtesans received their clients. This print depicts a hanami
(flower viewing) scene with people gathering outside to enjoy the blooming sakura
(cherry blossoms), a practice still popular in Japan today.