Seki, Honjin from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Seki, Honjin

from the series Fifty-three Stations of the Tōkaidō

by Utagawa Hiroshige II, 1865

IHL Cat. #523

About This Print

Source:Information on this station taken from the wikipedia article "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō."
Print number 48 in this series of 581 prints titled Fifty-three Stations of the Tôkaidô Road issued in October 1865, depicting Seki the forty-seventh station along the Tōkaidō. It is located in the present-day city of Kameyama, in Mie Prefecture, Japan.  The area around Seki-juku was always a major intersection for travel.  During the Edo period, it was a lively post town, because both the Isebetsu Kaidō (伊勢別街道) and the Yamato Kaidō (大和街道) intersected with the Tōkaidō here.

In this print, an arriving daimyō (seated on the litter) and his retinue are being greeted by the owner and staff of the honjin where they will spend the night.  The draperies are decorated with the family crest of the arriving daimyō.

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 #523
 Title or Description Seki, Inn for Daimyō (Seki - Honjin 関 本陣 )
 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 fair -  minor mounting remnants where previously mounted along top; minor wrinkling, fading and soiling; red ink offset lower left quadrant
 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 11.20702