Goyu from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō


Japanese Color Woodblock Print


from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1865

IHL Cat. #522

About This Print

Source: information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
Print number 36 in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road issued in October 1865, depicting, Goyu the thirty-fifth station along the Tōkaidō.  It is located in Goyu-chō in the city of Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture, Japan.  Goyu-shuku was established in 1601, at the behest of Tokugawa Ieyasu.  At its most prosperous, there were four honjin (inns) in the post town, though there were never less than two at any point. 

It appears as though the travelers in the sedge hats are hurrying away from woman (courtesans perhaps) who are seen grasping at them.

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 #522
 Title or Description Goyu  御油
 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 center where previously mounted and along margin edges; minor fading
 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)

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