Yokkaichi: View of the Mie River, from the series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō

Yokkaichi: View of the Mie River, from the series The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō

c. 1833-34

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重

(Japanese, 1797-1858)

Color woodblock print

Overall: 38 x 25.3 cm (14 15/16 x 9 15/16 in.)

Gift of Mrs. T. Wingate Todd from the Collection of Dr. T. Wingate Todd 1948.307

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This print is from the first Tōkaidō series by Hiroshige. Yokkaichi was historically known for a major market held there on the fourth day of every month. However, instead of the market, Hiroshige has chosen to present a windy scene in the marshes along the Mie River just outside the town. No written records survive to indicate why Hiroshige chose the marshes over the market, but the result is a dynamic display of the power of wind.

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