Sakanoshita, Fudesute from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Sakanoshita, Fudesute

from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1865

IHL Cat. #520

About This Print

Source:Information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
Print number 49 in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road issued in October 1865, depicting Fudesute peak in Sakanoshita the forty-eighth station along the Tōkaidō.  Sakaonshita is located in the present-day city of Kameyama, in Mie Prefecture, Japan.

The artist provides us a view of Fudesute peak as it might be seen by travelers on the Tōkaidō but, interestingly, no travelers are seen in this print.  Fudesute, means literally "to throw away the brush," as its extreme beauty and strangeness is beyond our ability to paint.

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 #520
 Title or Description Sakanoshita, Fudesute (Sakanoshita, Fudesute  坂下 筆捨 )
 Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō Road (東海道五拾三駅 Tōkaidō gojūsan eki)
 Artist  Utagawa Hiroshige II (1826-1869)
 Signature Risshō ga
 Seal  none
 Publication Date 1865 (Keiō 1), 10th month
 Publisher Maruya Tetsujirō
 Impression good
 Colors good
 Condition good -  minor mounting remnants where previously mounted along top; minor fading and soiling.
 Genre ukiyo-e, fūkei-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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