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KANTO

“Hiroshige: Fifty-three Post-Stations of the Tokaido Series”

MOA Museum of Art

by Tomohiro Osaki

Staff Writer

The Edo Period (1603-1867) was a time of rapid prosperity for Japan’s Tokaido region, which stretches across the southeastern edge of Honshu. Improved public roads gave travelers easier access to the region, whose renowned shrines became popular pilgrimage and tourist destinations.

Such journeys were often documented by artists’ woodblock prints, one of the most famous series of which is “The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido,” by Utagawa Hiroshige. These prints depicted not only the tourists on journeys, but also the impressive natural landscapes they encountered on the way; Jan. 1-30.

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