This is a picture scroll in which the scene of the street of north side of Nihonbashi Bridge is illustrated in detail. The title of this picture scroll is "KIDAI-SHORAN". It means "Introducing the town which developed shiningly here."
The scene of the main street of Edo city in around 1805 is illustrated on this. We can see the life of the people during this era.
About 90 stores and 1,700 people are illustrated. The length of this scroll is about 12m. Nihonbashi Bridge is illustrated on the left end and Imagawabashi Bridge is on the right end.
The original is kept in the Museum of East Asian Art in Cologne, Germany.

The street shown on this picture is the area enclosed by the yellow line.

Nihonbashi Bridge

A group of Samurai worriers is illustrated at the center of the bridge.

Fish market

Many people are selling fish.

Vegetable market

Merchants are quarreling on the road. Some people are reconciling them.

Paper wholesale store

A lot of information is recorded here on paper.

Candy store

Goods are placed on the red stand.


In front of the store, two mothers each hold a baby while talking.

Boiled-fish-paste store
(Kamaboko store)

Craftsmen work in a store.

A building under construction

The four buildings to the right of the construction, and the construction itself, are lumber wholesale and houses.

Footwear store

Black walls are fashionable in those days.


A Samurai is reading a book in a store.
He is wearing green hakama (trousers).


This store was the founder of what is now known as MITSUKOSHI department store.

Notebook store

Notebooks from this store are used for business record keeping.

Buddhist-instruments store

Raincoat store

This store sells the oilpaper rain gear.

Dry-goods store

A curtain is used to block the sun light from the goods in the store.

Gate keeper hut

A gate keeper manages opening and closing the gate. He also sells accessories.

Fund request group

On the street, there are people who raise funds for rebuilding a temple burned down by the fire. This cause is promoted by a man carrying a white flag.


This horse serves the purpose of taxiing the people.
A woman is shown on the horse.

Stores of dolls for the Girls' Festival

The Girl's Festival which wishes a girl's health is held in March. This custom is still continued now.
Stores are temporarily made on the street.


This palanquin is also a taxi.

You can see two priests with a flute in front of the store.

Bamboo seller

A bamboo seller is carrying bamboo on both his shoulders with two sticks.


A Samurai rides on horseback with his servants by his side.

A young woman

A young woman is walking on the street wearing an ornate kimono.

A red flag set to the long pole marks a cosmetics store.


This gate shows the boundary of the town.


A store of 1 story is teahouse.
Sweet red bean soup with mochi etc. is served.


A person sitting near the gate is a fortune-teller. A woman is talking with him.

China store

A lot of china stores are near this.

Imagawa Bridge

A group of Samurai worriers is illustrated at the center of the bridge same as Nihonbashi Bridge..