“Skirting the bay by a decent road, we perceive how shallow the water is hereabouts; sand banks and mud flats being left above water as the ride recedes. Soon the Tokaido is entered, and after passing Kanagawa, we next reach Kawasaki, a small village on the Yedo road. It now becomes apparent we are approaching an important city by the crowds of wayfarers which throng the road. Presently we reach Shinagawa …
“Here the elite of the Yedo aristocracy were accustomed to seek amusement, and lounge, admiring the beauties of Yedo Bay, the prospect of the city being very fine from this point.
“The activity inseparable from life in and near a great city shows itself at Shinagawa. The tea-house and flower-girls invite the passing traveller to rest and repose himself. Tea and confectionery and music, such as it is, are tempting to the wayworn. The traveller descends; he mounts the steps; takes his seat on the balcony, and feels disposed to enjoy the splendid view here presented of the calm waters of the bay, with the busy fleet of native and foreign craft, and the slopes of the city covered with palaces beyond, while the neat-handed Phillis [country girl] hands him tea and pipes.”
– Potter’s American Monthly: ‘Japan and Her People’, M.A. Bruhmet, 1879