"The Flowers of Edo: A Collection of Famous Places" Arrival of a Boat Carrying Sake at Shinkawa
Shinshu bansen is a race between vessels bearing sake casks containing fresh brew of the season, starting out at Nishinomiya in Kansai and sailing towards Edo. The boat that arrived the fastest would reap rewards. It was an important event for sake brewers since it determined the sake market for the year.
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada
Nishinomiya City Central Library