Odawara 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. #519

About This Print

Source: information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
Print number 10 in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road issued in October 1865, depicting Odawara the ninth station along the Tōkaidō.  It is located in the present-day city of Odawara, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. It was the first post station in a castle town that travelers came to when they exited Edo (modern-day Tokyo) in Edo period Japan.

Porters are shown fording the Sakawa River carrying a trunk and a traveler.  Another traveler is mounting a porter on the far shore and four porters bear a traveler in a litter.

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
 Title or Description Odawara 小田原
 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 立祥画 
 Seal  none
 Publication Date 1865 (Keiô 1), 10th month
 Publisher Maruya Tetsujirō 丸屋銕次郎 [Marks: pub. ref. 300] No publisher's seal present on this print.
 Impression good
 Colors good
 Condition fair - soiling mainly lower left corner; thinning lower right margin and top corners where previously mounted; 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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