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Utagawa Hiroshige

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川広重 (1797–1858)

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Kakegawa Station. Kakegawa 掛川
  • Series: “Fifty-three Stations on the Tôkaidô Road (Station #27)” also known as the “Tôkaidô of Aritaya”
  • Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi 東海道 五十三次之内 廿七;
  • Aritaya-ban Tôkaidô 有田屋版東海道
  • 1843 – 47&
  • Publisher: Aritaya Seiemon有田屋清右衛門 (active mid-19th c.)
  • Signature: Hiroshige ga 廣重画
  • Marks: censor’s seal (Hama)
  • Format: horizontal quarter of large-size print (yotsugiri)
  • Medium: multicolor woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colors on paper

The motif of this print by Hiroshige is the castle-town of Kakegawa in today's Shizuoka Prefecture. Travelers along the Tôkaidô highway cross the threshold of a Shinto shrine.

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Akasaka. Akasaka 赤坂
  • Series: “Fifty-three Stations on the Tôkaidô Road (Station #36)”
  • Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (36) 東海道 五十三次之内 三十六
  • c 1850–51
  • Utgiver: Tsutaya Kichizô 蔦屋吉蔵 (Kôeidô; aktiv ca. 1830 – 1859)
  • Signature: Hiroshige ga 廣重画
  • Marks: censors’ seals (Murata, Mera)
  • Format: ink and colors on paper (chûban yoko-e)
  • Medium: multicolor woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colors on paper

The numbered stages along the Tôkaidô Road were places for rest and entertainment. The Akasaka guest house was famous for its meshimori onna – women who not only served food but also offered entertainment and companionship.

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Maisaka Station. Maisaka 舞阪
  • Series: “Fifty-three Stations on the Tôkaidô Road (Station #31)”
  • Tôkaidô gojûsan tsugi no uchi (31) 東海道 五十三次之内 三十一
  • c 1850–51
  • Publisher: Tsutaya Kichizô蔦屋吉蔵 (Kôeidô; active c 1830 –1859)
  • Signature: Hiroshige ga 廣重画
  • Marks: censors’ seals (Hama, Kinugasa)
  • Format: horizontal middle-size print (chûban yoko-e)
  • Medium: multicolor woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colors on paper

Travelers had to be ferried from the station at the fishing village of Maisaka (#31) to the Arai station (#32). Military tactics may have favored routes across bays and rivers. It would have been a strategy the shogunate (feudal regime) used to trap its enemies.

Published Jan. 22, 2021 12:03 PM - Last modified Jan. 22, 2021 1:11 PM