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Kusatsu

Size: 25.5cm by 19.0cm (10.04 in by 7.48 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [M] ?

Designer: Katsushika Hokusai

Era: Early Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 9,000$ 73.00£ 60.50€ 71.50 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This print is from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido" published around 1810 when Hokusai was about 50 years old. It means that Hokusai designed it more than 20 years before Hiroshige's famous Hoeido edition, which was published around 1834.

This print is nominally Kusatsu station, but actually depicts 梅の木立場 (umenoki-tateba, plum tree resting place) a small resting place called 間の宿 (ma-no-juku) between Kusatsu station and Ishibe station. At this plum tree, there was a store selling 和中散 (Wachusan), medicine for stomachache, which is written prominently on the signboard.

Hokusai skillfully captures the mild atmosphere of spring on the road with his fine brushstrokes, including the great depiction of men and a horse.


There are some foxing spots and a few marks on this print. Also, there is a crease and slight chip at the left margin.

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