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Kyoto - 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: ¥ 8,000$ 70.00£ 56.25€ 63.75 [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: We finally arrive at the last station, Keishi (Kyoto). This bridge is Sanjyo O-hashi, built over the Kamo river. Beyond the bridge, there are many houses, and two mountain ranges are seen in the distance.

There have been many discussions about this image.

One topic is the bridge girder: some researchers argue that the bridge supports must have been made of stone at the time, but Hiroshige depicted them as wood.

Other points of discussion include the location from which this scene is observed, what those mountains are, and whether a certain building is Kiyomizu temple or …

Nevertheless, this a very beautiful view. Many people are walking on the bridge: from the left, daimyo procession, heavy loads carried by a horse and two people (presumably the daimyo’s belongings), a man looking down the river and tea whisk dealer. Walking in the opposite direction are a group of ladies, a traveler, and a samurai.

Another source mentions that the Kamo river is often attacked by flooding and the Sanjyo O-hashi has been swept away many times. The view from this bridge is magnificent and beautiful and it is so fortunate that nowadays, many travelers are able to enjoy the view safely on the sturdy structure!

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