Tōkaidō gojūsan tsugi no uchi. In July 1832, Utagawa Hiroshige travelled the Tokaido road accompanying officials who were transporting gifts from the shogun in Edo to the imperial family in Kyoto. The journey made a profound impression on Hiroshige, and on returning home, he immediately began to work on these 55 prints.

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.

Shinagawa

A gateway to Edo (now Tokyo). The site of the Shogunate, There is a big fish market on the bank crowded with fish-dealers every morning. 

Kawasaki

A gateway to Edo (now Tokyo). The site of the Shogunate, There is a big fish market on the bank crowded with fish-dealers every morning. 

Kawasaki

A gateway to Edo (now Tokyo). The site of the Shogunate, There is a big fish market on the bank crowded with fish-dealers every morning. 

Kawasaki

A gateway to Edo (now Tokyo). The site of the Shogunate, There is a big fish market on the bank crowded with fish-dealers every morning. 

Nihonbashi

A gateway to Edo (now Tokyo). The site of the Shogunate, There is a big fish market on the bank crowded with fish-dealers every morning. 

Kawasaki

A gateway to Edo (now Tokyo). The site of the Shogunate, There is a big fish market on the bank crowded with fish-dealers every morning. 

Kawasaki

A gateway to Edo (now Tokyo). The site of the Shogunate, There is a big fish market on the bank crowded with fish-dealers every morning. 

Kawasaki

A gateway to Edo (now Tokyo). The site of the Shogunate, There is a big fish market on the bank crowded with fish-dealers every morning.