Kyōto, Dairi from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Kyōto, Dairi

from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1865

IHL Cat. #518

About This Print

Source:Information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
The last print in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road issued in October 1865, depicting Dairi, the Imperial Palace in Kyōto.

The characters 大尾 (daibi), "end", appear in the right-most yellow rectangular cartouche in the bottom left of the print; and this print brings us to the end of our long journey to Kyoto, the imperial capital.  Two prints in this series are devoted to Kyoto, one showing the Great Sanjō Bridge the terminus of the Tōkaidō, as Nihonbashi in Edo was the start, the other, this print, giving us a bird's eye view of our travelers arriving outside the courtyard of Dairi, the Imperial Palace.

Along with print number 1 in the series, depicting Nihonbashi, this print bears a round aratame seal with the year (1865, year of the ox) and the month (tenth.)  This leads me to believe that the series was meant to be sold as a set and not individually.

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 #518
 Title or Description Kyōto, Dairi (Kyōto, Dairi  京都 内裏 )
 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 poor -  minor mounting remnants where previously mounted along top; fading and soiling throughout.
 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 11.20705; Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University
arcUP2921 and arcUP3043