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Okabe - 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$ 57.00£ 44.50€ 51.50 [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: To reach Okabe station travelers had to pass this steep and narrow pass. The road goes along the steep valley having a rapid stream - the Okabe river - at the side. This road looks dangerous with no fence on the river side, and we wonder how people could safely pass this place when it rains and the soil becomes muddy and slippery. It is no question that this was one of the most dangerous parts of the Tokaido!

Hiroshige drew three men coming towards us; each of them - obviously local people - carrying brush-wood on his back. We see only the upper body of the last man, indicating that they are coming up a steep slope. He also drew two ladies walking away - a traveler carrying a heavy-looking parcel and a local lady with fire wood on her back.

The gray mountains seen far away are known as ‘Utsu no Yama’, as the vermillion subtitle on the right shows.

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