Hozu River(1)
[ID] 38  ( ID:38 )
[Photographer] Kusakabe,Kinbei
[Album] Kusakabe,Kinbei (Album)
[Place] Kyoto
[Date] unknown
[Color] color
[Size] 244x191
[Cabinet] 1-38-0
[Keyword] river/Japanese junk/view
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Hozugawa kudari (going downstream on the river Hozu) is a 16 km downstream course from Nishizume to the Togetsu Bridge. Originally this route was used to transport lumber from Tanba in the form of rafts but was frought with difficulty due to the rapids and exposed rocks. Sumikura Ryoi made transportation by shallow boats possible in 1606 by removing the greater rocks.From the end of the Meiji to the Taisho era, the Hozugawa downstream course was popularized for tourism, and former workers on the lumber rafts became boatmen. In the photo, the boatman is wearing a sedge hat and holding the helm at the rear of the boat.