A popular subject of literature and art during the Edo Period (1603-1867) was the journey along the Tokaido highway between Edo (present-day Tokyo) and Kyoto, the most famous depictions of which come from ukiyo-e (woodblock print) artist Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Hiroshige produced more than 20 editions of these works, one of which is known as the Hoeido — 55 oban (26.5×39 cm) full-color prints depicting all 53 stations along the highway.
This exhibition features the complete Hoeido and another of Hiroshige’s iconic series, the Reisho. The two editions are compared, revealing the various tricks and contrivances used to depict the stations, as well as some insight into the prints’ production methods.
Early printings of the Hoeido, revised versions with various modifications made to the original print, and an original bound picture-album version are also on display. Dec. 17-Jan. 15.
Suntory Museum of Art; (033) 479-8600; Tokyo Midtown Galleria 3F, 9-7-4 Akasaka, Minato-ku; direct connection from Roppongi Station, Exit 8; 10 a.m. — 6 p.m. (Fri. and Sat. closes 8 p.m.). ¥1,300. Closed Dec. 20, 27, 31 and Jan. 1. www.suntory.com/culture-sports/sma/index.html.