Kawasaki, which is about five and one-half miles south of Shinagawa and across the Rokugo River (a lower branch of the Tamagawa) from Edo, is now a great industrial centert, but in the Edo period it was a mere village. In the print shown here, it is being approached by a group of travelers in a ferry.
Reprints of this picture usually have a simpler color scheme in which green is more prominent. In some of them the sky changes to blue at the top, and in others Mt. Fuji, seen here at the extreme right, is missing. The district of Kawasaki figures large in the history of the Kabuki. Just up the river from the point shown here lies Yaguchi Ford, the scene of a famous play based on the death in battle of Nitta Yoshioki, and the same area is associated with Shirai Gompachi, the subject of another well-known play.