The Tokaido highway ran through various seacoast provinces and was renowned for the rich beauty of its mountain, river, and ocean scenery. In these works Hiroshige imbued his images of the people living near these watery sites and their everyday lives with a uniquely special lyricism. Hiroshige’s approach towards his work was more poetic and ambient with the use of subtle colors. He chose a seasonal theme best suited for each post station, drawing not only the landscape but also the customs as well as the lively presence of the people who reside there giving viewers a simulated experience.
Fuji seen across the town from the Ichikoku Bridge, Yedo in Eastern Capital.
Fuji from the moat round Yedo Castle in the depth of winter. A very good snow scene.
View of Fuji from the Tea-water Canal, Yedo, with an enclosed water-conduit carried across it like a bridge.
The Nawate Highway, with a few single pine trees, zigzags across rice-fields. Beyond a round-topped hill to left, craggy mountain to right and Fuji seen, white, between them. On the road a coolie running to right passes two travellers.
Travellers fording the Sakawa River, in the middle of which is a litter. Beyond rice-fields and mountains rising high to right; at their feet the castle. Two coolies only on the near bank, and the outlines of the distant hills sharp and abrupt.
Travellers setting forth in the mists of early morning, one on horseback and the other in a kago. A charming mist effect, such as Hiroshige knew so well how to render.
Fuji rising from a group of lower peaks on the far side of rice-fields – its cone going above the upper line of the frame-line. In the foreground, two women and a porter pass along the road to left; two cranes stand in the rice-field.
The village occupies the middle distance; to left a steep tree-clad slope; beyond, trees and mountains, in the foreground the road slopes upwards to right with three peasants. All in heavy snow, which is still seen to fall against the dark background.
Two wrestlers crossing the stream, one in a litter and one mounted. To left rocks and pine trees; in the distance is seen the sea with sails of boats, beyond pine trees in a marsh.
A woman in a kago being carried across the Abe River; others fording the stream from the opposite bank; a range of mountains in the background.
A torrent rushes down the pass between overhanging hills, that on the right with trunks of pine trees. On the path bordering the stream are peasants bearing bundles of wood
A procession of travellers crossing the first arm of the ford of the river Oi from right to left. The chief retainers of the daimyo are waiting their turn on the shore of the near bank.
he mountain path crosses the foreground and ascends steeply between pines to right. On it are travellers, some gazing at a great boulder
said to commemorate the murder of a woman whose ghost led to the discovery of the murder – In the gap to left peaks of mountains.
Wayside tea-house to left with travellers and maid boiling a large kettle over a fire the smoke of which shows blind tooling; behind is a large tree; to right a signpost on which is a bird and roofs of a village; in centre, rice-fields.
In centre of foreground a group of peasants with a fire at the foot of the trunk of a huge tree. Beyond, rice-fields in snow and the village and castle to right.
A ferry-boat, with peasants crossing from left. In centre, a daimyo’s boat, screened, with badges and crest. Beyond the water the village amid pines and mountain peaks in the distance to right.
A low hill, covered with small cider trees; on the left a tea-house, at which a traveller is taking refreshment, and three others approaching it.
The village street in the twilight. In centre, elderly maid-servants are struggling for possession of travellers. To left in an open tea-house, a traveller prepares to wash his feet. On its walls are the names of Jirobei, engraver; Heibei, printer; and Ichiryusai, designer.
Villagers bowing down as the head of a daimyo procession reaches the entrance to the village. On either side of the road, walled bank with trees and bamboos. Below in centre, rice-fields. Sky with rich yellow clouds.
The horse-fair. Groups of horses tethered in long grass. In centre a tall tree with crowd of horse-dealers at its foot and a few buildings.
Two teams of men, each with one horse, hauling festival cars (not in the design) from right. To right part of a torii; to left a building outside which are two fires, and people watching.
A high wind blowing from right across the marsh. To left a peasant, cloaked, on a trestle-bridge; another races along the causeway to catch his hat which has blown off. In centre a willow tree bending to the wind; left, roofs of cottages and masts of boats.
In driving wind and rain, three coolies with a litter mount the steep hill-side; two more hurry downwards to right. On the umbrella of one of these are the characters Takenouchi han and Gojusan tsugi. Beyond are the roofs of houses, bamboos bending to the wind, and the tops of two lines of trees dimly seen through the rain.
The courtyard of an inn at which a daimyo is resting, screened with hangings bearing his crest. Lower, servants preparing to start, before dawn; to left a group of them adjusting hats, etc.; farther back, others receiving a samurai. On the lanterns held by one of these is Hiroshige’s cipher.
A daimyo procession crossing a bridge over a torrent, in heavy rain, towards a village, left, screened by a row of trees.
To left a large inn, trees, decorations, etc., with groups of travellers starting along the road to right. Beyond, distant mountains rise above bars of mist.
Three bullock carts, one with bales of rice, the others with charcoal, come down the street from right to the tea-house on left, in front of which is a fountain with coolie filling buckets. In centre, pine trees rise above the bamboos, etc. A green hill faintly outlined in distance.
The head of a daimyo’s procession crossing the bridge, with two porters carrying red boxes, followed by two standard bearers. On left six street hawkers; two dogs to right. Sky with clouds.
Fuji seen from Suruga Street, Yedo. The corner of the street occupied by a drapery store; Manzai dancers passing, and two girls playing samisen.
Distant view of Fuji from Tsukuda-Oki, Yedo, with junks moored in the bay, and one in the foreground, close to a bank of reeds. Fuji should be slightly tinted grey in best impressions.
The temple is on a hill in middle distance rising above the village. In the foreground a torii and near, three blind men facing a stream over which a bridge, left, leads back to the houses
The approach through rice-fields along a narrow road lined with trees, to a curving street of huts, overlooking the sea, and travellers entering the village under a downpour of rain.
A high peak, round the base of which, through a gorge, a daimyo’s cortege is wending its way; on the left the Hakone Lake, with Fuji in the distance. The peak is drawn in a peculiar angular manner, almost cubist in effect, which detracts somewhat from this view.
Travellers walking along the river bank, lined with trees, towards the village ahead, under a huge full moon in a deep blue sky, one of them carrying on his back a large Tengu mask, the mark of a pilgrim to the Shinto shrine of Kompira. Dark forest of trees on further shore of river.
A horse with three women in a balanced saddle and led by a man pass along the road, raised and edged with pine trees. To left the cone of the distant Fuji; to right, peaks of other mountains.
On left steep crags with pine-trees and three travellers; in centre the trunks of two pine trees cross above flat-topped rocks. Below and to right is the bay with four sailing-boats and beyond the white cone of Fuji flecked with grey on its lower slopes.
In the foreground the roofs of houses, beyond which is the bay with two groups of boats, some with sails, low spits of tree-covered ground jutting out into the sea, and mountains to left in distance.
Two travellers having refreshment at a wayside tea-house, from which another traveller has just departed, and a woman with a child on her back waiting on them. Beside the tea-house grows a plum tree, just bursting into blossom against the rosy sky; behind rises a grey hill tinted with brown.
A group of coolies changing horses and packs outside the inn, on the platform of which, to right, is seated an attendant.
The travellers crossing the farther portion of the ford on the river Oi. A daimyo’s litter is supported by a large group of coolies; a light bridge is over the last arm of the river, and mountains fill the distance.
Travellers crossing a high trestle-bridge over the Kake River, two of them peering into the water below, and behind a small boy watching a kite up in the air, while beyond another, with broken string, flutters to earth. Peasants transplanting rice in the flooded fields, and in the distance Mount Akiba rising above the mists.
On the near arm of the river, right, two ferry-boats are beached, one with two boatmen. On the far side of the sand bank, more ferry-boats with travellers. Beyond, tree-clad hills appear in the mist.
Imaki Point, a group of rugged peaks juts out from right to centre. Beyond it to right the white cone of Fuji. Around the rocky shore are small fishing-boats. To right in foreground the sails of three boats and stakes to left.
The sea with sails is seen in the dip between two hill-sides each with pine trees, just below which appear the heads of badges of a daimyo procession. Below, the beach, with fishing nets drying and boats off the shore.
Toyokawa Castle to right, with scaffolding and painters at work. To left the trestle-bridge crosses the river to the village; beyond, mountain peaks.
Interior of an inn. To left a guest reclines and a maid brings his meal on two stands – other servants are in waiting. To right two geisha arrange their toilet. In the centre of the courtyard, a large sago-palm and stone lantern.
A daimyo’s procession crossing a trestle-bridge over the river from left to right. Beyond is the village, castle, a group of low hills and a mountain with rounded summit. Seal, Hoyeido.
A woman carried in a kago and two others walking in front, followed by a man on horseback and two attendants, passing two large open shops in the main street, where dyed cloths are sold.
Two sailing-boats, with sails partly lowered, entering the inlet on the farther side of which is Kuwana Castle. Other sailing-boats out at sea to right.
The village temple among trees at the foot of a hill. beyond which rise the rounded summits of another range. Porters pass along a causeway towards the left; two more are working in rice-fields to right of the causeway.
The whole scene is deep in snow, with steep hillsides to right, snow-laden trees and a procession climbing up to the castle. Below is the village and a fine rose-coloured glow to left.
To right a tea-house with guests on the edge of a precipice. Two visitors gazing across the chasm at the wild group of peaks, with waterfalls, opposite. Beyond, the double summit of another range.
A solitary traveller walking through the village, where women are peeling and drying gourds; in the background a range of hills, printed from colour-block only.
A large tea-house with travellers eating ricecakes which are being made under the veranda. In the foreground two litters, one open and the other closed, both carried by coolies.
The long trestle-bridge, with people crossing, covers the foreground. Beyond, the city lies along the river bank at the foot of a range of many-peaked hills and, beyond, a mountain range.