Kusatsu from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

Kyōto, Dairi 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

Yokkaichi from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

IHL Cat. #427

About This Print

Source:Information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
The 53rd print in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road issued in October 1865, picturing Kusatsu the 52nd station along the Tōkaidō as well as the 68th of 69 stations of the Kisokaidō. It is located in the downtown area of the present-day city of Kusatsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan.

Hiroshige II provides a similar view of travelers entering Kusatsu as that of his master Hiroshige I in his "Aratay" Tōkaidō series, shown below.

This collection's 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 #427
 Title or Description Kusatsu (Kusatsu 草津)
 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 fair -  minor soiling; two remnants of previous mounting along top verso; pinhole in background
 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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