Jul 16, 2014

Shimosuwa, from the series Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaidō

Shimosuwa, from the series Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaidō


Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川 広重

(Japanese, 1797-1858)

Color woodblock print

Sheet: 23.1 x 25.4 cm (9 1/8 x 10 in.)

The Kelvin Smith Collection, given by Mrs. Kelvin Smith 1985.322



The foreground of this print shows travelers enjoying an evening meal at an inn, with the proprietor looking pleased at the gusto of her guests. In the background, another traveler is gratefully relaxing in a large wooden tub filled with hot natural spring water, having discarded his robe next to the bath. Shimosuwa is the only stop along the Kisokaidō—a road running from Nibonbashi in Edo (now Tokyo) to Sanjō Ōhashi in Kyoto—with a natural hot spring. The print series was a collaboration between Hiroshige and Keisai Eisen (1791–1848).

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