Takada-no-Baba

Takada-no-baba, or the Takada Riding Grounds, by Hiroshige.

The track in the background is now the long gravelled driveway that runs in front of Mizu-Inari shrine and Kansen-en park, just northwest of the main Waseda campus, off Waseda-dori. The shrine and the park were formerly part of the estate of Takada-gimi, the mother of one of the sons of Tokugawa Ieyasu. The Yabusame, or mounted archery contest, shown in the picture, is still performed there once a year in the spring. Another one is performed in October at Ana-Hachiman shrine on Waseda-dori (actually in the nearby Toyama Park).