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Shōno, Ichirizuka from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Shōno, Ichirizuka

from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1865

IHL Cat. #521

About This Print

Source:Information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
Print number 45 in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road issued in October 1865, depicting Shōno the forty-fifth station along the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan.  It was the smallest station on the Tōkaidō.

In this view, Hiroshige II has chosen not to set the seen at night in driving rain, as did his master Hiroshige I.  Perhaps the publisher thought the cost of carving and printing such a complex scene would be prohibitive.

Utagawa Hiroshige I
Shōno: Driving Rain (Shōno, hakuu) from the series
Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido, c. 1833-36
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.23102

1 The 58 prints are made up of the 55 views of the 53 stations (includes two alternate states of prints for Minakuchi 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  #521
 Title or Description  Shōno, Ichirizuka (Shōno, Ichirizuka 庄野 一り塚 )
 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  1865 (Keiô 1), 10th month
 Publisher  Maruya Tetsujirō
 Impression  good
 Colors  good
 Condition  good -  thinning top corners where previously mounted; minor wrinkling, fading and soiling
 Genre  ukiyo-e, fûkei-ga
 Format  vertical chûban
 H x W Paper
 9 5/8 x 7 1/4 in. (17.5 x 23.5 cm)

 Collections This Print
 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 11.20704