Landscape of Tokyo Tsukiji Teppōzu (Tokyo Tsukiji Teppōzu-kei)
Painted by Utagawa Yoshitora 1869 (Meiji 2) Tokyo Shiryō Collection 0422-C7ア

This is a list of six depictions of the appearance of the Tsukiji settlement area. In addition to the hotel, it is understood that the settlement contained offices which can be described as customs houses, living quarters, Japanese shops that dealt with foreigners, and also brothels.

In 1868 (Meiji 1), the opening up of commerce with foreign countries was extended to Tokyo. Despite the initial expectations, the Tsukiji settlement area was not able to develop into a trading area to the extent of Yokohama. However after the great fire of 1872 (Meiji 5), churches, schools and hospitals were built one after the other, and the area became a leading center of civilization and enlightenment as an entrance point for the importation of western culture into Tokyo. The influence of this upon the people of the city was huge.
In this illustration, with the sea in the background, the Tsukiji Hotel on the right side, and the foreign settlement area in the center, we can see that the flags of fifteen nations were flown including those of Japan, America, Russia and France and the Shin-shimabara brothel operated at the left side. At the bottom, everyday conversations are taking place among foreigners, Japanese traders, and geisha in a mixture of Japanese and foreign languages.