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Hodogaya - from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido

Size: 27.0cm by 44.0cm (10.63 in by 17.32 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 6,000$ 47.00£ 42.50€ 48.50 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This is a print from what is perhaps the single most famous series of Japanese woodblock prints ever produced - "The 53 Stations of the Tokaido", designed by Hiroshige in the 1830s.

The print you see here is a reproduction version produced in the post-war period by one of the numerous publishing houses working at that time (Adachi, Takamizawa, Yuyudo, Bijutsu-sha, Yamada Shoin, Kyoto Hanga-in, etc.) Here at Mokuhankan we have a wide selection of such prints, far too many to scan and prepare for the website one by one.

We don't always have every print in this series in stock, but try to keep as many of them available as possible. The one you see in this photo is on hand, but feel free to contact us about other designs in this series that you don't see on the site ...

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Image information: Hodogaya station is about 32.4km from Nihonbashi. Travelers who got an early start on the long journey from Edo at dawn may have stopped here for their first night on the road.

On the bridge (today known as Katabira-bashi) we see a Komuso - a mendicant priest - carrying a bamboo flute as well as a palanquin and other walkers. The other side of the river is Hodogaya station.

For the distant mountains Hiroshige used blue and for the closer mountain he applied gray with trees. He also provided realistic perspective in the image by changing the size of people - large for closer people and smaller to the distant figure. In the distant field we even recognize a farmer carrying a hoe and a child behind him!

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