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Kakegawa - from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido

Size: 27.0cm by 40.0cm (10.63 in by 15.75 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Ando Hiroshige

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 7,000$ 63.00£ 45.75€ 53.50 [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: This is a scene of an early summer in Kakegawa, drawn in the center is Ooike-bridge, built over the Futase river.

In Japan kite-flying is a typical activity of the New year season, but this area is noted for Kakegawa kites, commonly flown in May. In this image one kite flies so high that it breaks through the upper edge of the image. Further away nearly over the mountain top, an 'escaped' kite is seen blowing off into the distance.

On the bridge a priest and his attendant are approaching. We wonder if the two travelers facing them are bowing to the priest or bending their back because of the strong wind. Behind the two travelers, a child looks happy up at the flying kite.

In the field, farmers are busy with the rice planting. Beyond the rice fields the reeds are seen bending toward the left. Is it only us who wonders about the direction of the wind? Is it coming from the left ... or the right?

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