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Kuwana, from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kuwana, Shichiri Ferry

from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1865

IHL Cat. #428

About This Print

Source:Information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
The 43rd print in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road issued in October 1865, picturing the Shichiri Ferry at Kuwana, the forty-second and second largest of the stations along the Tōkaidō.  It is located in the present-day city of Kuwana, in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

The Shichiri ("seven league") ferry traveled between Atsusa and Kuwana, a distance of seven leagues or twenty-one miles.

This print is a chirimen-e or crêped print.  For the crêped version of the print, the same woodblocks are used as for the paper edition, but by the time the process is finished, the piece has shrunken considerably.  See chirimen-e in the Glossary for additional information on this type of print.

The non-crêped print measures 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. and the crêped version is 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in., approximately
a 25% reduction in size caused by the crêping process.

1 The 58 prints are made up of the 55 views of the 53 stations (includes two alternate states of prints for Minakuch station and Ishibe station) plus the Nihonbashi starting point print and two Kyoto terminus point prints.

About the Series

See the section titled "The 1865 Series Tōkaidō gojūsan eki (Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō)" under Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869) for details on this series.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #428
 Title or Description  Kuwana, Shichiri Ferry (桑名, 七里  渡し)
 Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road (東海道五拾三駅 Tôkaidô gojûsan eki)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
 Signature  Risshō ga
 Seal  none
 Publication Date  after 1865 (Keiô 1), 10th month
 Publisher  Maruya Tetsujirō
 Impression  good
 Colors  good
 Condition  good -  minor soiling; two remnants of previous mounting along top verso.
 Genre  ukiyo-e, fûkei-ga
 Format  vertical chûban
 H x W Paper
 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. (23.5 x 13.3 cm)

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