Vintage landscape: Tokyo

Japanese festival, Library of CongressShichūhan’ei tanabata matsuri (The city flourishing, Tanabata Festival), 1857, by Andō Hiroshige, via Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The print shows tall bamboo decorated with cutout ornaments and paper streamers bearing wishes above Tokyo’s rooftops during the festival, which begins on July 7. Tanabata, or “evening of the seventh,”  honors the yearly meeting of two deities/stars/lovers, Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair).